The company is currently holding licenses for manganese mining in Zambia. Southern Africa Ferro Alloys Limited (SAFAL) is formed to value add to the manganese ore and export the finished product. Zambia is highly rated for its high grade manganese and we have a competitive advantage in the business, since the plant is strategically located very close to the mine site. The plant is under commissioning and will be operational by March of 2012.
The company is operating two cotton ginning plants in Zambia. The first plant is located in southern region of Zambia and the other plant in the eastern region of Zambia. There is a third plant under commissioning in Central Zambia. We have a total capacity to process 60,000MT of seed-cotton annually.
The input support is given in the form of seed, fertilizers, and chemicals to approximately 60,000 farmers country wide. There are field staff extension services provided by the company to better track crop recoveries and help farmers procure the best yield for their crops.
The company has two seed crushing plants in Zambia to extract cooking oil from cotton seed. The plants are located in Southern and Eastern provinces of Zambia. The oil is packaged in 5, 10 and 20 liters bottles for the local market. The oil is sold under the brand name of 'White Gold'.
Real Estate Development
The company has taken over a project to develop semi detached housing in Lusaka, Zambia. To start with we have built 42 houses with 150m2 built up area and 400m2 of plot area. The neighborhood is rapidly developing and is located very close to the city centre. The premises are electrically fenced with a common security system and very well planned amenities.
We are a cotton buying and processing organization. We work with around 20,000 farmers and provide inputs to them to help them grow their cotton crops efficiently and financially supporting them from planting seeds to harvesting the crop. We have an extensive program for the input scheme which helps us maintain the quality of the cotton and has also in turn helped farmers get better yields and realize better prices linked to international prices.
Our ginning factories are located in the major cotton belts of the country, managed by highly experienced professionals. We have been involved with toll ginning, and our sites are well equipped to handle large amount of movements at any given point.
Zimbabwe is an import dependant market for its local consumption of cooking oil. We manufacture cooking oil using cotton-seed which is a byproduct from our ginning facilities. This helps reduce dependency of imported raw material of edible oil.
Main uses of cotton-seed cooking oil include salad oil, mayonnaise, salad dressing and similar products because of its flavor stability.
We are manufacturing super refined maize flour which is the staple food of Zimbabwe called 'sadza' or often known as Millie-meal. We also specialize in making high quality grits using a high technology grain milling plant which are suitable for brewing beer and making corn snacks.