During the week of November 9-13, 2015, Strategic Partnership Grantee Vermeulen Andele Trust received the first shipment of in-shell groundnuts at its warehouse in Lilongwe, Malawi. With the new equipment procured through a strategic partnership grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Vermeulen has started cleaning the groundnuts. Vermeulen has already sourced hundreds of tons of groundnuts, which will be exported to South Africa after cleaning and sorting.
To further enhance its ability to meet specific market requirements (such as lower levels of aflatoxin) in both the local and regional market, Vermeulen will also install a color sorter.
Due to falling production resulting from drought in South Africa, the price for groundnuts has increased significantly for choice grades and continues to rise.
The USAID grant has put Vermeulen in the position where it can now further expand production of groundnuts for the South African market.
Photo: The grant has enabled the installation of a sorting, grading, and cleaning plant (including the groundnut dryer pictured above) in Malawi to address post-harvest handling challenges and build confidence in the South African market for the purchase of soy and groundnuts from Malawi, increasing market opportunities for these commodities