Government has commissioned a 600 thousand United States dollar Zambia’s first ever largest peanut butter processing plant for COMACO, Community Markets for Conservation in Chipata district.
Speaking during the ceremony yesterday, Eastern Province acting Permanent Secretary, Royd Tembo says the COMACO peanut butter processing Chipata plant is the largest in the country.
Mr. Tembo says government has signed an MOU, Memorandum of Understanding with COMACO to start exporting its products to other countries.
He thanked COMACO’s efforts of promoting conservation farming in the province and encouraging crop diversification amongst farmers.
And COMACO President and Founder, Dale Lewis says COMACO is currently operating in 65 Chiefdoms and 11 districts in Zambia in producing over 50 thousand metric tonnes of value added products including peanut butter and training of farmers and poachers.
Meanwhile, COMACO Board Director, Titus Kalenga says there are few companies that help poor farmers like COMACO.
And USAID, Representative, Mhlotha Damaseke says the installation of the Chipata peanut butter processing plant has increased production of the product from the previous 36 metric tonnes per month to 60 metric tonnes per month.
And a representative of Paramount Chief Mpezeni, Headman, Maulao, Joseph Jere says traditional leaders are emulating COMACO, in promoting conservation farming methods in order to curb effects of climate change.