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Ex-miner sets up Cassava plant



A former miner has set up a Cassava-Starch Processing plant in Mansa District with a projected one-million U.S dollars annual return.


Noah Kaputula’s 1.2-million Kwacha project funded by the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission -CEEC- is expected to engage over 3-thousand cassava suppliers and create 25 jobs with a production capacity of eight tonnes of starch per day.


Mr. Kaputula says he came up with the idea of a cassava processing plant when the CEEC advertised that it was sponsoring Cassava processing in Mansa in 2013 and wanted to use his experience from working in the leaching plant in the Mines where starch was be

ng used.


And Minister of Commerce Margaret Mwanakatwe says government’s value chain clusters concept is now bearing fruit.


The Minister promised to link Mr. Kaputula to the markets as part of continued development of the value chain clusters.


Meanwhile Luapula Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa says CEEC’s projects in the province are fitting into the provincial administration’s vision of a better Luapula.


And Bahati Constituency MP Harry Kalaba in whose constituency the project is located says Mr. Kaputula’s plant is a reflection that CEEC funds are not just meant for Lusaka residents but spread across the country for citizens wanting to be part of national






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