JAPANESE investors should consider setting up a cassava processing plant in Serenje, says district council secretary Kennedy Kazanda.
Mr Kazanda assured the Japanese company Toyota Tshusho Zambia that was looking for a suitable place to set up a cassava processing plant that they were most welcome in Central province.
He was speaking when Toyota Tshusho Zambia officials paid a courtsey call at him yesterday.
Mr Kazanda said the company was welcome to set up the cassava processing plant in the district as the area had what it takes to make investors realize their business objectives.
“You will never go wrong to invest in Serenje. Serenje has what it takes for you to realize your objectives,” said Mr Kazanda
He said Serenje has recently been attracting investors due to its abundant land and water.
The council secretary also said the district was ‘‘perfect’’ for agricultural investment because it has access to road and railway ways.
Over the recent interest shown by investors in the district, Mr Kazanda said the role of the council had been to provide an enabling environment for sustainable economic and social development in the district.
And Toyota Tsusho Zambia general manager Hiroki Mizukami said his company was visiting some parts of Zambia to carry out feasibility studies for setting up processing plants to operate on an out-grower scheme basis. Meanwhile, Serenje Cassava Innovative Platform (IP) vice chairman Wilbroad Luanga said the project, if brought to Serenje, would offer small-scale farmers a market for their cassava.
Mr Luanga said cassava growers in the district have been demotivated due to lack of buyers of their produce.
“It would be good if the project comes to Serenje because it would offer the small-scale cassava farmers in the district a market for their crop. These farmers have been depressed as there hve been no buyers of their cassava,”he said.-ZANIS