Lubinda directs NCZ CEO to maximize capacity, pay retirees.
Kafue, March 3, ZANIS………………..Agriculture Minister, Given
Lubinda, has directed Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia(NCZ) Chief
Executive Officer, Zuze Banda to maximize the company’s capacity of
production if the company is to reduce the cost of production.
Mr. Lubinda said the company must be working towards capturing the
100% of the local fertilizer market.
ZANIS reports that the Minister said this during his familiarization
tour of NCZ in Kafue.
He also urged the NCZ management to ensure that they show case the
company’s capability of fertilizer production to neighboring
countries during the coming trade fair.
The Agriculture Minister who is also Kabwata Member of Parliament, has
further called on NCZ management to aim at increasing Ammonium Nitrate
production which can later be exported to other countries.
He noted that maximizing production will help create new industries
and increase employment opportunities.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lubinda directed the Chief Executive Officer , to
ensure that retirees being owed by the company are paid off by the end
of the year.
He further directed the NCZ CEO to ensure that all D compound
fertilizer input reach famers in various districts in the country by
the first day of August this year to enable them prepare for the
He has since assured the NCZ management of government support to
ensure that they achieve their goals.
Mr. Lubinda was accompanied by his two Deputies Greyford Monde and Maxas Ngonga.
Kafue Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta who is also Lusaka
Province Minister was in the Minister of Agriculture entourage.
Speaking earlier, NCZ Chief Executive, Zuze Banda said the company
which is operating with two plants, has increased production from
96,851.39 metric tonnes in 2013/14 farming season to, 11, 0572.90 in
Mr. Zuze revealed that the company also managed to deliver 106 409.75
as ordered by government.
He attributed the increase in production to government support,
dedicated management and committed workforce.
He added that the company had enhanced industrial harmony and healthy
working environment, increased production from 15 mt to 60 mt per hour
and purchased 30 rail tankers with a capacity of 40 tones to transport
And Mr. Banda cited lack of working capital, electrical power outages
as some of the challenges faced by the fertilizer production company.