Global Industries Limited (GIL) manufacturers and sellers of edible oils, fats, and soaps have invested US$90 million for a new soya bean seed crushing plant in Ndola.

Malolan Sampath, GIL chief executive officer said the plant, able to crush 800 metric tonnes of the soya bean seed per day, is one of the largest in Africa.

The development comes as part of the company’s efforts to help government diversify the economy to agriculture.

 “Currently, we have employed about 400 people in the refinery, soap and packaging divisions.

On the new crushing plant when it is fully operational we will employ another 250 people,” said Sampath adding the plant is completely computerised applying high quality technology.

Meanwhile government has promised to continue supporting the private sector investing in agriculture.

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