The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission -CEEC – has approved the financing of twenty-two cassava value chain projects worth three million Kwacha.
The projects will be carried out in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Northern and North-western provinces.
The projects are part of government’s Industrialization and Job Creation strategy.
CEEC Public Relations and Communications Manager Mercy Mwila says the projects will include the production of cassava flour, paper glue, gari, cosmetics, stock feed, charcoal briquettes and marketing of cassava.
Mrs. Mwila says forty one percent of the twenty-two projects will belong to women while thirty eight percent will go towards the youth and twenty one percent will go to the men.
She says the projects are part of the Cassava Commercialization component of the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and Youths (SDEP-SWY).
Mrs. Mwila further says the project is financed by the Africa Development Bank (ADB) at a cost of six million dollars.