Source(s) of financing ADF: 7238500 Cofinanced: 9343900
Implementing Agency: KALEYA SMALL HOLDERS COMPANY LIMITED
The project is designed to achieve the following objectives: - to reduce sugar imports through the production of cane for sale to an existing Nakambala Estate Sugar Factory for milling and processing into sugar for the local market; - to improve the standard of living of some 302 participating smallholder families by providing them with cash income and simple two-room houses with pipe-borne water and sanitation facilities; - to create job opportunities for the rural population in the project locality.
The project will grow 1885 ha of sugarcane under irrigation on land adjacent to an existing Nakambala Estate, selling the cane to the estate sugar factory. The entire hectorage will be planted over a period of three years by a project company to be incorporated. After cane establishment the project company will, in four years, progressively allocate on leasehold basis a total planted area of 1,240 ha (two-thirds of the area) to 302 selected smallholders on the basis of approximately 4.1 ha per family; the remaining 645 ha will be retained by the project company as a nacleus estate.
The project will bring about enhanced employment operations in the Mazabuka District of Zambia. Three hundred and two farming families will be settled on farms of 4.1 ha, designed to match the evailability of family labout. New sources of income from 302 farms will be created as a result of the project, and farmers will benefit from the provision of training, good quality housing, and farm roads. Employment and income will be created for cane cutters, tractors drivers and other project staff. The ZSC will benefit as their throughput of cane will increase, leading to lower overhead costs per tonne of sugar.
Examination of the rainfall, evaporation and other relevant data in the project area reveal net monthly water deficits for cane production. Therefore, for a cane production project to be successful supplementary water should be provided through irrigation.