ZB managing director Anele Maluma said at the ground breaking ceremony in Lusaka that the plant would gobble more than K143 million with the total production of 2.1 million Litres of Chibuku per year.
“Today we are here to witness the official ground-breaking ceremony to signal the start of the construction of the new K143 million Lusaka Brewery and this is important milestone in National Breweries investment programme,” Mr Malumo said.
The project is expected to create 39 direct jobs for Zambians to add to the current 691 employees countrywide and it would create further 600 indirect jobs in value chain.
Commerce, Trade and Industry minister Emmanuel Chenda who graced the occasion said the investment was a clear indication of the confidence investors had in the Zambian economy.
“The new facility comes just over a year after National Breweries commissioned its US$5 million Chibuku super plant in Kitwe which is encouraging,” Mr Chenda said.
He urged the firm to engage the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to explore possibilities of creating partnerships in the implementation of value chain clusters.
“The partnerships should aim at business linkages between the small scale farmers’ support by the commission and ZB in the supply of raw materials especially that cassava will be used as a blending product,” he said.
He said the Government would continue encouraging the issue of value-addition through various industrial clusters and would put in place an enabling policy environment.