Zambia attended Turkey’s IDMA International Trade Exhibition

Zambia attends IDMA International Trade Exhibition in Turkey. Photo : iDE

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – A total of eight Zambia’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) recently attended the 8th IDMA International Trade and Exhibition of Milling and Pasta Technology currently underway in Turkey.

The exhibition on International flour, feed, semolina, rice, corn, bulgur machinery pulse, pasta and biscuit technologies comes to an end today. It is aimed at facilitating investment programmes and partnerships. It is held every two years, and it attracted processors from 144 countries this year.

The exhibition was in line with President Edgar Lungu’s aspirations to ensure value addition to agricultural produce and to create jobs for Zambia citizens as outlined in the 7th National Development Plan (7NDP).

In a statement released by the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Ankara, Turkey, Multinational Business Zambia’s Trade and Investment Director, Moffat Mbewe, said the domestic and industrial equipment that the SMEs came across during the exhibition is required in Zambia, especially with the Presidential directive that they should add value to agricultural products.

“We feel that Turkey is our strategic partner to help us with equipment to add value to maize, wheat and soya beans so that even as we export, we add value to the products,” said Mbewe.

He said the delegation managed to secure a franchise with a German company called Kastenmuller, for the supply of a 24-tonne mobile milling system, which will be used to process maize in areas hit by hunger, especially during droughts and other disasters.

The milling system, is mounted on a truck and it will be the first of its kind on the African continent.

“We came to learn and to try and pick up a few things that we can replicate in Zambia,” he added.

Mutinational Business Zambia’s President Kafwimbi Malindima challenged Zambian companies to participate in such international trade exhibitions so they can learn best practices and contribute to the economic development of the country.

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