The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has approved two Organic Fertilizer Blending Plant projects in accordance with the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2012 and the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 28 of 1997.

The two projects are both proposed to be set up in Chilanga District of Lusaka Province by Malcut Investments Limited and Golden Horse Investments at a total cost of US$ 2,000,000 and US$ 1,000,000 respectively.

ZEMA Acting Director General Maxwell Nkoya says the projects aim at producing fertilizer from organic material such as chicken manure, vegetative waste, black soil, molasses and saw dust.

“The organic fertilizer production will service local farmers and contribute towards government’s efforts to provide cheap and readily available fertilizer for the agricultural sector,” said Mr. Nkoya in a statement to Christian Voice News in Lusaka today.

He added that Zambia’s economy is predominantly driven by the agriculture sector and efforts to supplement government’s initiatives have the potential to contribute to food security.