ZAMBIA – Global Group of Companies has commissioned a US$60 million edible oil soya bean crushing processing plant in Ndola to enable its soya meal product to penetrate the export market.

The company is in cultivation of soya beans, sunflower and canola at its farm in Lufwanyama and also supports small-scale farmers by incorporating them in soya beans out-grower schemes.

Company chief executive officer Malolan Sampath said the company has trained Zambians who are managing the high technology modern plant.

“The proudest part of Global Industries’ soya bean crushing plant is not only the superior technology and latest state-of-the-art equipment, but also the fact that it is run completely by Zambians,” he said.

Mr Sampath said at the ongoing Zambia International Trade Fair, whose theme is: ‘Innovation for Industrialisation’, which has attracted over 600 participants this year from 400 last year.

Currently, the company is exporting its brands such as soya meal to South Africa.

“This shows that Zambia is not only an importer of goods but also exporters to countries like South Africa.

South Africa soya meal market has always been very competitive and sensitive to quality…The buyers are very much impressed with our quality.

“This is as a result of our strategy of investing in superior cutting edge technologies to manufacture products, which we can be truly proud of,” he said.

And company head of human resource, administration and legal Maria Kasalasa said the company has created over 300 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Ndola.

“The company has created job opportunities for contractors,” she said.

She said this year’s theme suits with the activities of the company following the construction of the state-of-the-art soya crushing facility.

“This soya crushing plant is the first of its kind in Africa,” she said.

Global Group of Companies is in a joint venture with Wilmar International, a leading business group, headquartered in Singapore and a world leader in edible oil sector.

July 4, 2017: Daily Mail