South Africa's AGZAM Project Developers Ltd plans to build a $US251 million sugar and bio-ethanol plant, one of the largest non-mining investments in recent years. According ZDA, "The company will produce 200,000 tonnes of sugar and 28 million litres of bio-ethanol per year...Production is expected to start by 2013 and we expect that the project will create around 4,000 jobs". The company will cultivate about 15,000 hectares of cane sugar in Kazungula and support about 3,000 hectares of plantations by out-growers. It is thought that once completed, it will increase Zambian sugar production by 50 percent which should be good for export revenues. Domestically this looks like good competition for Zambia sugar. But the scale of land involved seems huge. Presumably some chiefs have struck a bargain somewhere.