NCZ employs 100 workers
By CHUSA SICHONE -
NITROGEN Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) has engaged 100 more employees and produced 15,000 tonnes of D-compound fertiliser meant for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) .
Kafue District Commissioner (DC) Grace Ngulube confirmed the development in an interview with the Sunday Times.
Ms Ngulube said as at May 9, 2013, NCZ had produced 13,000 tonnes of D-compound fertiliser for the Government’s FISP.
On April 27, when Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska and other Government officials toured NCZ, acting chief executive officer Zuze Banda said the company had produced 11,500 tonnes of D-compound fertiliser.
The Government engaged NCZ to manufacture 70,727 tonnes of fertiliser for the FISP and Mr Banda said the company would meet the target by August 31, this year.
NCZ is this year targeting to produce 150,000 tonnes of D-compound fertiliser.
“I am reliably informed that NCZ has so far produced 13,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser for the Government,” Ms Ngulube said.
She said she was happy with the rate at which NCZ was moving and was optimistic that it would meet Government’s demand by August this year.
On job creation, Ms Ngulube said the number of permanent workers had increased from 500 in April to 613 in May 2013.
“This Government is really committed to creating jobs for its people. By creating 613 permanent jobs at NCZ, that is putting more money in people’s pockets,” she said.
She was further elated to note that the Government was creating more jobs in Kafue through the Link Zambia-8000 road project.
On the ammonium nitrate plant, Ms Ngulube said rehabilitation works were progressing well and that production was likely to start by the first week of June as long as ammonia being imported from South Africa was received.
The Government pumped in KR25 million (K25 billion) towards the rehabilitation of the a
mmonium nitrate plant.