Cargill launches first mini mill in Chipata
New small milling plant will produce competitively priced mealie-meal
Chipata, Zambia – 10 March 2015 – Cargill has today launched the first commercial maize mini mill in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Located in Chipata, this accessible mill will provide local rural and urban farmers with a reliable, consistent market for their maize as well as produce competitively priced mealie-meal for the consumer. The mill will produce high quality white and roller maize meal for the domestic market, including Cargill’s in-house brand that will be available in 5kg, 10kg and 25kg bags.
The mini mill supports the Zambian government’s policy objective to encourage smaller, more localised mills to improve food security by reducing the cost of food. Cargill plans to build additional mini mills in other rural locations in Eastern and Muchinga provinces over the next few years. By bringing these mills into rural areas where maize is produced, Cargill hopes to target high food costs and food insecurity. The mills will also provide the local population with opportunities for employment and access to skills training.
“The new maize mini mill underlines Cargill’s commitment to the economic growth and prosperity of Zambia, and aligns it strongly with Government’s clearly stated desire to develop a thriving agricultural sector,” said Lezanne van Zyl, Cargill’s general manager in Zambia. “The new mill will allow farmers to have access to local milling for their crops and to produce much needed high quality mealie-meal to consumers.”
This US$2 million high technology mini mill with a milling capacity of 2mt/hour, offers a distinct advantage in the maize meal market in Chipata and surrounding areas. As the mill will source local maize and produce the mealie-meal product in Chipata, transport and fuel costs will be reduced and Cargill will be able to offer a competitively priced product to retail consumers.
Cargill is a 150 year old agricultural and food production company that has been operating in Africa for over 30 years and active in Zambia since 2006. The company, which has close to 450 employees based in Lusaka and Chipata, believes that African agricultural production is a critical part of any future solution to feeding the growing global population. The investment in this mini mill is a reflection of Cargill’s intent to grow in the region in order to serve its’ customers.
Cargill is committed to being a reliable partner to farmers in Zambia and a positive catalyst for development in the agricultural sector. The company works with a diverse group of global, national and local organisations to support responsible economic development, help protect the environment and make positive contributions to the communities in which it operates.
Mildred Kaunda, on behalf of Cargill, + 260 977 989 545, [email protected]
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About Cargill in Zambia
Cargill has been active in Zambia since 2006 and has around 450 employees based in Lusaka and Chipata. The company is active in cotton origination and ginning, as well as grain and oilseeds origination and trading. Across Zambia, Cargill supports programmes that improve agricultural practices, provide essential financial and technical support, offer better access to crop inputs and help farmers increase their incomes.