ZAMBIAN BREWERIES SUPPLEMENTING 7NDP THROUGH VALUE ADDITION
‘As government, we appreciate your answer to government’s call to add value to raw materials,’ – Hon. Christopher Yaluma.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Christopher Yaluma says Zambian Breweries is in tandem with the Seventh National Development Plan and is in line with government’s aim of industrialisation and value addition of the agriculture sector.
Speaking after a familiarisation tour of the company’s malting plant in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ), the minister expressed delight that the facility is part of a full value chain from agro-processing through to the production of beer.
“As government, we have been calling for value addition and processing of raw materials within the country. What Zambian Breweries is doing is processing barley into malt within the country, and this is a plus,” said Mr Yaluma.
The minister was pleased the company has an effective value chain that has invested in local production and sourcing, agro-processing and marketing of its products, which supports farmers and facilitates the participation of small and medium enterprises.
Company corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele reassured the minister that Zambian Breweries is focused on supplementing the Seventh National Development Plan through adding value to the agriculture sector.
“The Seventh National Development Plan has four key areas that it focuses on, namely agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and mining. The malting plant investment is part of that agenda and is focusing on two, namely agriculture and manufacturing,” Mr Sekele explained.
Mr Sekele added that the plant is substantial because before its existence, the company imported US$10 million of malted barley from Europe or Zimbabwe.
Zambian Breweries operations director Franz Schepping informed the minister that the company now plans to double the capacity of barley enough for possible export.
“We are currently producing 15,000 tonnes of barley annually, but the plant is designed in a way that would enable doubling the capacity to over 30,000 tonnes, because growth of the company is assured, hence creating chances of exports,” said Mr Schepping.
The malting plant was established by Zambian Breweries to halt the import of malt and promote local sourcing of barley. Local barley is made into malt through the processes of steeping, , germination, kilning, malt cleaning and dispatch at the state-of-the-art facility.