SMALL-SCALE MILLERS NEED BOOST

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By SANDRA MACHIMA GOV­ERN­MENT must strictly su­per­vise and in­crease maize sales to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties as op­posed to com­mer­cial millers in a bid to en­hance ac­tiv­i­ties of small-scale millers.

Zam­bia Agri­cul­ture Ru­ral Initiative ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Gilbert Mpanga has noted that all those who were buy­ing maize in Zam­bia be it the Food Re­serve Agency or pri­vate buy­ers, were buy­ing some from ru­ral farm­ers.

He said both public and pri­vate buy­ers sup­plied maize to com­mer­cial millers and as a re­sult there was no su­per­vi­sion to en­hance the ac­tiv­i­ties of small-scale millers in ru­ral ar­eas.

“Most of these ru­ral millers they only wait for peo­ple to bring their maize to them and grind for them at a cer­tain fee per tin or gal­lon, and it is rare to find small-scale millers pro­duce mealie meal for sale in their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Mr Mpanga said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was now prompted to re­quest for part­ner­ship with a Chi­nese com­pany Anyayi Ma­chin­ery to sup­ply some 10-ton per day per milling plant to its af­fil­i­ated co­op­er­a­tives, women’s clubs, and youth groups in ru­ral ar­eas to en­able them sup­ply cheap and af­ford­able mealie-meal to the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Mpanga ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment to strictly su­per­vise and in­crease maize sales to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties as op­posed to com­mer­cial millers in a bid to en­hance ac­tiv­i­ties of small-scale millers to pro­vide cheaper al­ter­na­tives for com­mu­ni­ties.

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