MWANANGWA Rice managing director Yotam Mtayachalo says the company is in the process of designing programmes to support out grower rice schemes aimed at raising capacity for small-scale farmers to boost rice production in the district. In a statement, Mtayachalo stated that Chama had potential in rice production.
“We would like to appeal to the people of Chama to support the company and we are more than ready to partner with individuals or organisations in order to further grow the business and develop the district respectively,” he stated.
Mtayachalo stated that his Chama-based company had signed a contract to supply 150 metric tonnes of Chama rice per month to Gourock (Z), a Copperbelt based company.
“The signing of this supply contract is a historic landmark and good news to the people of Chama as it is a giant step in revolutionising rice production in the district,” he stated.
“It will provide a window of opportunity to rice farmers in the district to boost rice production because the signing of the contract will provide a ready market for their commodity. The move shall also go a long way in as far as creation of household income for rice farmers is concerned thus significantly reducing high poverty levels which is more pronounced in rural communities.”
Mtayachalo stated that the contract was signed during the week in Ndola. He disclosed that he signed on behalf of Mwanangwa Rice Company while Jayesh Thakkar, the chief operating officer, signed on behalf of Gourock (Z) Ltd.
“The company shall next year embark on an ambitious programme to expand its business operations in order to meet the ever increasing demand for rice and the move shall undoubtedly create job opportunities for the local people as priority shall be given to disadvantaged groups such as the youths and women,” stated Mtayachalo.
“I want also to assure the people of Chama that the company will also endeavour to provide corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to the communities as a token of appreciation for their hard work and partnership.”