GOVERNMENT has secured land for industrial development where Zambia National Service (ZNS) will set up its milling plant which is expected to create over 550 jobs in Eastern Province.
Provincial permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo said of the 712 hectares acquired, ZNS has been given 50 hectares while the remaining piece of land will be given to other developers.
Mr Kasolo said in an interview recently that the land is on Chipata-Chadiza road, which was repossessed from a local businessman who kept it undeveloped for 14 years.
“The 712 hectares was first a dairy farm belonging to another businessman, who later sold it to him but it was undeveloped for 14 years forcing Government to repossess it,” he said.
He said the ZNS has already moved on the site to start the clearing of land and once completed, the milling plant will create over 550 direct jobs for the locals mainly youths.
Other developers include Zamcapital Enterprises Limited which has been given 350 out of the 712 hectares to also set up a mini-milling plant and a stock feed plant.
In additional, the company will build 650 houses for workers who will be employed once the two plants are completed.
Mr Kasolo said Government will build a police post, a school and a clinic on the same land.
He appealed to the business community to surrender their idle land to Government but cautioned against the temptation of demanding for huge compensations when approached.