By Emmanuel Simpokolwe:
Salima Sugar Company has disclosed that it will procure a machine as it intends to double its sugar production to meet market demand.
The company’s secretary Charles Thupi said this during a media tour the company organised on Friday.
Media practitioners were taken to the company’s factory and sugarcane fields in Salima District.
Thupi said the factory crashes about 1,100 metric tonnes of sugarcane per day, which would be doubled to 2,200 per day once the machine is installed.
He said while the company is yet to meet the local demand, it is also in discussions with the Ministry of Trade and Malawi Investment Trade Centre to explore export markets.
Asked to comment on the presence of expatriates at the factory, Thupi said the company has not breached any law because it has only 40 percent of experts at a single shift against the requirement of 60.
“We do not have sugar technology in our universities, hence we need experts to transfer the skills, knowledge and the technology to local staff and, for the locals to grasp the technology, it takes about eight to 10 years,” Thupi said.
The company, which has about 6,200 hectares of land, employs about 4,200 labourers and 200 staff.