Lusaka, June 14, 2019, ZANIS---Plans to establish fruit processing plants in Eastern and North Western provinces at a cost of over 6 million United States dollars have progressed.

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) the implementer of the projects has disclosed that all the capital required to set up the plants and the land acquisition have been completed.

IDC Chief Executive Officer Mateyo Kaluba told ZANIS in an exclusive interview in Lusaka today that to this effect construction works are expected to commence in the next quarter of this year.

He explained that IDC is hopeful that once operational the plants will contribute to the economic development of the two provinces through job creation and value addition, adding that the projects are also considered to be viable businesses to invest in.

Early this year, Mr Kaluba announced that IDC was planning to invest $4 million in a pineapple processing plant in Mwinilunga district in North Western Province, following successful feasibility studies conducted in the area and subsequent approval by the IDC board of directors to invest into the sector.

The processing plant is expected to provide a ready market for over 3,000 pineapple growers across the North Western province, hence creating both direct and indirect jobs for the local people.

While, in Eastern province, the corporation is expected to invest US$2.5 million in setting up the processing plant in Katete for processing of mangoes, oranges and other fruits.