CEEC has completed the construction of 7 Industrial Yards located in Chipata, Mongu, Kasama, Kafue (LS-MFEZ), Kitwe, Ndola and Solwezi. The Mansa Industrial Yard is still under construction.
Each Industrial Yard has general workshops, a spray booth, auto-mechanic workshop, timber curing kiln, bulk-storage warehouse and a restaurant to provide food and beverage.
The industrial yards are connected to the national electricity grid for power generation, and water is supplied from boreholes.
The yards also provide security, cleaning and garbage collection services.
As part of its Industrialization and Job Creation Strategy the Zambian Government has mobilized resources from the African Development Bank to implement the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project aimed at boosting fish farming and other businesses along the fish value chain.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock is implementing the Project through the Department of Fisheries. As part of the Project, the Department of Fisheries has appointed the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC), a statutory body under the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED), to operate and manage the Aquaculture Seed Fund through which CEEC is providing business loans and business development services to targeted citizens and companies in the fish subsector.
CEEC has provided the business loans for investments along the fish value chain in 36 districts of the country.
In order to urgently facilitate investments in the supply of good quality fingerlings in large quantities and as close as possible to farmers, the Aquaculture Seed Fund has made it possible for 12 commercial hatcheries and nurseries to be established countrywide at a cost of K18.1 million: Femate Fisheries Limited in Solwezi District, Sigold General Dealers in Nchelenge District, Flowing Waters Fisheries Limited in Kasama District, Nampundu Fish Farming Limited in Chinsali District, Kaka Fish Farm in Chongwe District, Palabana Enterprises Limited in Chirundu District, Chikunto Fish Hatcheries in Chipata District, Choate Fish Farm in Kafue District, Beltesmol Fisheries Limited in Siavonga District and Leaky Mwinde Farms Limited in Kaoma District.
The new fish hatcheries and nurseries are boosting fish production in Zambia by focusing on the production of fingerlings for farming of tilapia, otherwise known as “bream”, and catfish, also known as mulamba, ndombe, mulonge and many other names in Zambian languages.
In line with the objectives of the Project, the countrywide establishment of nurseries and hatcheries, has made it possible to significantly address the shortage of fingerlings and lower the transport costs of delivering fingerlings in each province, thus making it possible for increased fish production in Zambia.
CEEC under the provisions of Section 21 (1) and (2) of the CEEC Act No. 9 of 2006 is undertaking activities that lead to increased investment opportunities for targeted citizens, including among other measures, to identify, propose and gazette areas of commerce trade and industry to be reserved for investment by targeted citizens, citizen influenced, empowered and owned companies.
Pursuant to Section 21 of the Act, on 1st January 2017 Statutory Instrument (SI) Number 1 of 2017 Reservation Scheme was signed into law and it stipulates that;
“The sale of live birds in a market or any other place designated under written law is reserved for targeted Citizens, Citizen-Influenced Companies, Citizen-Empowered Companies and Citizen Owned Companies”.
Further, Domestic Haulage works for all public procurement works have been reserved for targeted Citizens, Citizen-Influenced, Citizen-Empowered and Citizen Owned Companies”.
The Commission has been promoting the development of the Beef Value Chain in Namwala District since 2014 where it has funded 34 projects valued at K3,115,929.86. One of the beneficiaries of this initiative is Shafro Farms, a cattle ranch with a herd of 1,700 cattle. In 2014, CEEC approved and disbursed a loan of K520,830 for the enterprise to introduce a feedlot or cattle fattening component on the Farm. The performance of the business was impressive leading to CEEC approving an additional loan amount of K1, 000,000 to expand the enterprise. The Farm produces an average of 100 fattened cattle per cycle of three (3) months thereby giving revenue of K360, 000 per quarter in addition to other revenue streams on the Farm. The Farm employs 15 workers, 6 of whom were employed following funding from CEEC.
To increase participation of Zambian citizens in strategic industries, the Commission facilitated the ope-rationalization of a water bottling plant in Zimba District with a disbursement of K490,000 to Muna Aqua. The plant has a capacity of 6,000 cases per hour and 11 jobs have been created.
The Commission facilitated the establishment of a mango juice factory by Adastra Fruit Juice Processors Ltd in Mongu District, with a production capacity of 8 metric tonnes of pulp per day, three times the capacity of the parastatal ZAMhort mango juice plant that closed in Mongu District the late 1980s.
2017 saw the launch of a water bottling line at the plant.
Muchinga Dairy Limited acquired a loan from CEEC amounting to K2, 057,429.00 to procure milk processing equipment in order to establish a milk processing plant. The processing plant is expected to be operational in April 2018. The company is expected to employ 16 people during the first phase
of the operation, 20 in the second phase (growth stage) of operations and over 30 in the maturity stage of the operation.
Mr. Gerald Ngandu of Likwabilile Farms, located in Mpima, Kabwe District successfully acquired 16 incalf Fresian dairy cows with a K446,601.90 loan from CEEC also to cater for feed, drugs and fencing.
Musoleka is a Farm enterprise situated 42km north east of Solwezi Central Business District, in the Kainamfuma Farm Resettlement Scheme. The enterprise received funding amounting to K524, 000.00 for the purchase of 10 dairy cows, a refrigerated truck, construction of a kraal and milking parlor. The
business is now producing around one hundred (100) liters of milk per day.