Company Chief Executive Officer Richard Bennett says President Edgar Lungu is in October this year expected to launch the out-grower scheme that is targeting 20,000 small scale farmers.
Mr. Bennett notes that that Sunbird will redeem the costs of the inputs given to farmers at the time of buying.
Mr. Bennett said that the bioethanol refinery will need a cassava stockpile of about 600,000 metric tonnes to be able to produce 160 Million liters of ethanol hence then need to register as many farmers as possible.
And Company Director of Engineering Brian Kanyanga said the gasoline and ethanol blending project that Sunbird is pursuing will significantly reduce the cost of petroleum imports by government.
And Sunbird Project Manager Mark Muchinga says 12 cooperatives in Kawambwa have already been registered to commence the out-grower scheme ahead of the main recruitment program.
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