By Cassim Aubi
Minister of Industry Honourable Roy Kachale Banda has reaffirmed government’s commitment to promote local producers among others by building their capacity to add value to products for maximum benefits.
The minister said the Tonse Alliance administration is serious with its plans to ensure that local producers including farmers are benefiting more than middle men who are buying commodities from individual growers at cheap prices and sell the same at much high prices.
The Honourable Minister made the remarks Saturday afternoon when he Inspected the proposed Business Incubation Centre at Misewu Four in Phalombe district to be run by Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (SMEDI)under the ministry of Industry.
“We want to identify good markets for your commodities such as Nandolo(pegion peas) which you will be selling as Cooperatives”said the minister.
During the visit, Honourable Kachale also held a meeting with stakeholders including officials from Phalombe district council where the stakeholders hailed government for coming up with the Business Incubation Centre Innitiative.
District Commissioner for Phalombe Mr Rodrick Mateauma and lawmaker for Phalombe South Constituency Mary Mpanga have since hailed the ministry of Industry for the Innitiative but have asked the ministry to walk the talk.
SMEDI Chief Executive Officer Rodrick Chataika said the Business Incubation Centre in Phalombe will also help to create jobs for many people in the district.
SMEDI also runs Mponera Enterprise Development Centre in Dowa district.