Kalumbila, August 23, 2019, ZANIS---The K4.8 million starch processing plant in Kalumbila district, Northwestern Province is set to commence its operations in October this year.

Premiercon Chief Executive Officer, Lubasi Yuyi says the factory is complete and only awaiting to be connected to electricity in readiness for commissioning.

ZANIS reports that Mr Yuyi said this when he led a team of officials from the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) and Zambia Bureau of Standards in inspecting the facility on the sidelines of the Expo Northwest 2019.

Meanwhile, CEEC Public Relations Officer, Cheelo Mukata, said government will continue funding programmes aimed at promoting rural industrialisation and value addition to local products.

And Premiercon Extension Manager, Frobisher Fulayi disclosed that a total of 4,000 farmers will be engaged in an out-grower scheme that will cover six districts in Northwestern Province.

The starch processing plant has been designed to produce 48 tonnes of starch per day.

The facility will mainly be processing cassava, sweet potatoes and yam tubers into industrial starch used in mines for purifying copper among other uses.