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Farmers to benefit from tomato, onion plant

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ZAMBIA - Over 5,000 farmers are expected to benefit from the estimated K1.3 million tomato and onion processing plant to be set up by the New Apostolic Church Relief Organisation (NACRO).

The project, which is being funded by Nak Karitativ of Germany and Profit Plus is an extension from the Momboshi Agriculture Integrated Project which ran from 2012-14.

NACRO executive director Tebuho Yubai said in an interview on Wednesday that farmers had a challenge to market their produce.

Mr Yubai said, “Under Chibombo farm, we have a project called tomato and onion value addition project which we intend to set up next year. The project is worth K1.33 million.”

He said the organisation has already signed a contract with the two organisations and the plant will be producing five tonnes of tomato paste per day and 2,000 tonnes annually.

Of the total amount K499, 183 for equipment, tomato processing machine, cold room and digital scales among others and the rest will be used for capacity building of farmers.

Mr Yubai said the procurement of the equipment for the plant will be completed in February, 2016 and operation is scheduled to start in April, 2016.

A total of 5,159 farmers will be drawn from Chibombo, Chisamba, Chongwe, Kafue and parts of Kabwe east.

December 28, 2015;