MINIMEX, a local milling factory has said it in the process of upgrading its milling machine in an effort to increase the production of maize flour and cater for the high demand on the local market.
The company also seeks to increase its investment in maize production by forging partnerships with local farmers across the country, in an effort to reduce imports from neighbouring countries, especially Uganda and Tanzania.
MINAMEX heavily relies on imports for its supplies.
Achille Nsakata, the company’s Managing Director said, Wednesday, they will invest Rwf500 million in order to be able to grid an estimated 200 tonnes of maize flour per day from 144 tonnes, to cater for the high demand on the local market.
“We are confident that if we get this new capacity, we will meet the market demand in the country where it has been depending more on imports,” he added.
The upgrading, he said, will also enable the factory to produce better quality maize flour. Currently the factory produces 2nd class maize flour.
“We also aim to respond to the local demand and set up a double standard to compete with others within the region,” said Nsakata.
The investment would also possibly help reduce prices of locally produced maize flour, which is Rwf260 per kilogramme. Imported maize flour from Uganda costs Rwf200 per kilogramme.