As a result of a Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, new equipment was installed at Lumuno Organic Farms, a processing company that produces condiment sauces in Zambia.
The grant is upgrading the current chili processing line and establishing an outgrower arrangement to boost production capacity from 9,000 to 15,000 bottles of chili sauce per month. As part of the outgrower scheme, Lumuno will guarantee an end market to 300 smallholder farmers to supply chili pods, onions, and garlic to Lumuno and to receive special training; 60 farmers have been trained already.
Lumuno, a locally-owned factory, received a food crusher; a shrink wrapper; and a filling, capping and labeling machine from South African manufacturing company Zhauns in July 2015 due to the grant. The precision of the filling machine has increased efficiency while the capping machine has enhanced food safety and hygiene.
Increased production is enabling Lumuno to supply additional Spar supermarkets with their product and enter into negotiations with ShopRite for a potential deal as well. The improvements at Lumuno are designed to demonstrate the marketing potential of the horticulture value chain in Zambia to improve the sector and coordinate its growth to benefit both small farmers and private enterprise.
Photo: Khama Mbewe (left) with his production manager at a new filling machine recently installed at Lumuno Organic Farms