KAGEM STALL TURNS HEADS AT ZIMEC 2014
Kagem Mining, which operates the world’s largest emerald mine, took an innovative approach to its stand at the Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition (ZIMEC 2014) in Lusaka this week.
As part of its display, the company, which is 75 percent owned by London-listed Gemfields plc in partnership with the Zambian government, showcased a selection of cabbages grown by farmers in the Chantete area of Lufwanyama District with support from Kagem, which buys their produce for its catering department.
“Kagem works closely with people in the communities surrounding the mine, providing jobs and supporting health and education initiatives,” said Kagem Operations Director CV Suresh. “As part of that support we believe in working with local suppliers, and have developed a strong relationship with local farmers who supply vegetables for the mine canteen, catering for some 600 workers.”