The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has approved twenty-two cassava value chain projects worth K3 million to cover four provinces.
CEEC Director General Likando Mukumbuta says the provinces are Copperbelt, Lusaka, Northern and North-Western provinces.
Mr Mukumbuta says the projects, which form part of Government’s Industrialization and Job Creation Strategy, include the production of cassava flour, paper glue, gari, cosmetics, stock feed, charcoal briquettes and marketing of cassava.
He says of the 22 projects, 41% belong to women while 38% are for youths and 21% are for men.
“These projects fall under the Cassava Commercialization component of the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and Youths (SDEP-SWY), which is financed by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) to implement the commercialization of cassava at a cost of USD6million,” he said.
The AfDB supported Project, SDEP-SWY, has a total of 30 Million US Dollars, which also targets to construct 10 Industrial Yards and provide support to Cassava Value Chain development in target districts of Mansa in Luapula Province, Kasama in Northern Province and Solwezi in Northwestern Province, with market development interventions extending to Lusaka and Copperbelt Provinces as well.