ZAMBIA – Chingola has a new maize milling plant that has a production capacity of 120 tonnes per day.
Company acting managing director Tony Chilufya said farmers in Chingola and neighbouring towns now have a wider market for their crops.
Mr Chilufya said his company is ready to face competition from other milling plants in Chingola and Copperbelt, saying competition is healthy for the growth of the industry.
“We are aware of the various players in this industry and we are ready to face the competition.
We also want to support the production of food by buying farmers’ produce for the manufacturing of the milling firm’s Muss brands.
“After we mop up all the maize on the local market, we intend to extend the acquisition of the farm produce to other towns on the Copperbelt,” he said.
Mr Chilufya said this in an interview in Chingola that diversification in the agriculture sector is achievable when farmers are supported through the provision of a readily available market.
He said the company would supplement the Food Reserve Agency’s efforts in buying maize from farmers in the district.
Mr Chilufya said the milling company’s brands have been competing well on the local market.
“We have been operational for the past one year. We have tried to penetrate the local market. We hope to extend our supplies beyond.
“People in Chingola are happy with our newly-introduced Muss brands,” he said.