The Israeli infrastructure company Tahal, a subsidiary of Kardan, has been awarded a $176 million project by the government of Zambia for the development of a large-scale agriculture and water project.
The wide-ranging project will see Tahal, and its partner ZRB Consulting Finance & Development Limited, plan and construct a 14,000-acre agricultural settlement in the African nation.
The settlement will include hundreds of private and commercial farms with full power and water infrastructure. The Israeli company will develop roads, drainage and irrigation systems, greenhouses and poultry houses.
Further, the three-year project involves the construction of packing and storage structures, a marketing center, agricultural machinery, laboratories and facilities for “community, education, health and social and other services,” according to a statement released Monday by Kardan.
The announcement comes amid a broad Israeli government push to expand the Jewish state’s influence in Africa, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic trips to that continent in June and last year.