Afri-Oils Limited held an official opening ceremony for its groundnut processing plant on the 13th of March, 2018.The main purpose of the ceremony was to create awareness of the factory’s impact on the elevation of the agriculture industry, networking as well as to acknowledge the assistance it received from the Dutch government.
The event started with a briefing speech from Afri-Oils Limited Board Chairperson Mr Tim de Borde, followed by a speech from the Dutch government representative, a speech from Nasfam Head of Commercial, Alexander Chikapula representing the CEO as well as a speech from the director in the Ministry of Industry and Trade Mr Clement Phangaphanga, who represented the Guest of Honour Honourable Henry Mussa, MP.
There was also a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling ceremony marking the official opening of the factory and the guests were treated to a factory tour led by the General Manager Hans Schonenberger. A documentary sharing Malawi’s groundnut story from the farm to factory to export and farmers talking about how groundnut farming has impacted their lives was screened at the ceremony.
News of the factory opening was aired on several leading media platforms such as MBC, Zodiak, Times TV as well as Capital Radio. This was essential because groundnut processing is not a popular subject hence the need to discuss the Afrinut story at length as well as educate journalist on groundnuts as an export crop, supporting smallholder farmers, and aflatoxin management.
In conclusion, Afri-Oils ceremony was a clear demonstration of the company’s vision and purpose on the economy and agriculture industry. The factory opening envisions the future of the agriculture sector of the economy and empowering smallholder farmers to grow other cash crops besides maize and tobacco.
Afri-Oils brings hope to a lot of underdeveloped farmers who are on the rise to generate income through growing groundnuts as per its vision for groundnuts to be a safe and profitable crop to Malawian small-scale farmers and to contribute to the development of the smallholder agriculture sector in Malawi.