SUPERIOR Milling Company Limited has reduced the price of both breakfast and roller meal by K5 and K7 respectively for Kazungula District in Southern Province in response to Government’s recent pronouncement to offload subsidised maize to millers.
The reduction only applies to Kazungula and does not apply to other parts of the country as the company is waiting to access subsdised maize from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) for it to make further reductions in the prices of the commodity across the country.
Superior Milling Company Limited Managing Director Peter Cottan said his company was the first miller in the country to reduce mealie meal prices in rural areas by selling a 25 kilogram (kg) bag of breakfast mealie meal at K63 per bag from K68 and a 25 kg bag of roller meal at K44 from K51 in response to Government’s pronouncements.
Mr Cottan was speaking in Kazungula yesterday when his company officially opened the 41st depot in the border town.
During the same launch, Superior Milling Company Limited empowered 10 local women in Kazungula with 10 kg bag of floor each to start running their businesses from the same product.
“”Even though we have not yet received the subsidized maize, we have decided in good faith to at least reduce the prices in Kazungula while all other depots countrywide would follow as soon as we access the FRA subsidized maize,” Mr Cottan said.
He said the opening of the depot in Kazungula was a true demonstration off Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme at work.
Mr Cottan said there was need for the private sector to work with the Government to promote meaningful development in the country.
“I wish to remind you that our aim to create a sustainable business and become a market leader in our industry is well supported by strong company values and quality management principles.
“This is further validated in our resolve to uphold corporate governance principles in all our institutional activities,” Mr Cottan said.
And speaking at the same launch, acting Kazungula acting District Commissioner Goretti Bbalo commended Superior Milling Company Limited for opening a new depot in the area.
Ms Bbalo, who is Kazungula District Administrative Officer, said the Patriotic Front (PF) Government would endeavor to encourage private companies to take advantage of their favourable business environment created to improve their businesses.
“We call upon private companies to take advantage of the existing favourable conditions to promote their businesses beyond their comfort zones and create employment opportunities for the local people,” Ms Bbalo said.
Speaking on behalf of 10 women who were empowered during the launch, Anna Sitali commended Superior Milling for opening the depot saying the move would reduce the trips into the nearby Botswana where women had been flocking to at great cost for various baking products.
Ms Sitali called on her fellow women, who received certificate of competence, to take the empowerment seriously to improve the living standards in the community.