The Programme Against Discrimination in Communities (PADIC) has commenced the establishment of a sugar cane plantation project in Shangombo district in Western province.
The NGO was given 3000 hectares of land by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) where it had begun constructing an initial 30 unit housing complex at Shandambi area.
PADIC Executive Director Sitali Sitali explained to ZANIS in Shangombo yesterday that the organisation was expected to build about 800 housing units in a period of 15 years.
Mr. Sitali said the organization would also commerce the construction of two 1X3 classroom blocks at Shandambi community school and a clinic under its social corporate responsibility programme.
He said the project which would cost about US$500 million would enefit over 1000 local people through employment creation.
Sinjembela member of Parliament Poniso Njeulu expressed gratitude at the commencement of works at the sugar plantation.
Mr. Njeulu who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister said the Sugarcane plantation project came at the right time.
He however cautioned constructors who would be engaged in various construction projects against neglecting the safety of workers that would be employed.