Malawi is set to have a first Milk powder producing Company owned by Malawians and preparations to start production in few weeks time are at an advanced stage.
Minister of Industry Roy Kachale Banda on Tuesday toured the factory based at Mpemba in Blantyre to appreciate worķ progress and speaking to journalists after touring the facility, Kachale said he was impressed with what he saw at the site.
He has since renewed government’s commitment to promote local production of goods as the country is working towards reducing consumption of imported goods that can be produced locally.
Kachale said the Tonse Alliance administration would like to see more companies producing various goods from locally available resources being established across the country hence his ministry’s commitment to continue engaging all stakeholders in the industry sector to discuss issues affecting local companies and together find possible solutions.
“Industrialisation is one of the three pillars of Malawi 2063 agenda and we need to develop small companies to come to middle-class to ensure we are prospering together” said Kachale.
On the new milk powder producing company, Kachale said this is a good development and assured the Company of his ministry’s support to see to it that production starts according to plan.
Mach Milk Company Limited Managing Director Madalitso Charles Phiri said the Company among others seeks to provide a sustainable market to dairy farmers from Blantyre and surrounding districts who have been loosing milk to rotting due to absence of reliable markets and good storage facilities.
Phiri disclosed that the Company has currently entered into production alliance with Chazunda Milk Association who will be supplying the company with fresh milk.
However the Managing Director has asked the ministry of Industry to engage Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Escom to expedite the process of installing meter at the factory which plans to commence production in a month time.
“We request government departments such as Escom to support us by not imposing prohibitive conditions for us local companies to access services, imagine for us to have electricity power here we needed to spend 32 million kwacha” said Phiri.
Minister of Industry has since assured the Company that his ministry will continue to engage government departments such as Escom to find lasting solutions to the challenges.
Mach Milk Company Limited is expected to employ over 200 people and will be providing income to over 20 000 dairy farmers through milk business.
It is expected to be using up to 10 000 litres of fresh milk a day.