Location Spotlight: National Milling Corporation Ltd. (NAMILCO Zambia)

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Location: Milling in Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia.

Affiliate: NAMILCO – Zambia

Year opened: 1952 – Seaboard acquired the assets in 1998.

Products/Services offered by NAMILCO Zambia: 

Wheat flour and bakery training, maize meal, rice, popcorn, animal feed and poultry training seminars.

Describe a normal day – Activities, shifts, how does the product move along the production line, etc.

Wheat and maize – Raw material is received into silo’s and then drawn over an intake scale into the mill for conditioning, milling and storing. It is then drawn from the storage bins and packed as per requirement for the market. The Wheat mill runs 24/7 (2 shifts), with a maintenance day on Mondays. The maize mill runs as per demand but follows the same schedule.  The finished product is stored in warehouses ready for dispatch. Transport delivers the product to customers and our own sales outlets.

Rice – Raw material is stored in bags and transported into the mill as demand requires. Locally grown ‘Misspelled WordMongu‘ rice is polished and packed from our Misspelled WordMalambo Road Lusaka site.

Animal Feed – Raw materials are received in silos and then drawn over an intake scale and into the mill. Soy bean meal comes from the extruder plant directly into the mill. Micro ingredients are added by a PLC controlled micro-Misspelled Worddoser. Products are bagged and stored in a warehouse for dispatch. Transport delivers the product to customers.

How many employees/collaborators work at the facility?

Companywide – 585 non-casual, 150 casual

What are the typical daily challenges NAMILCO Zambia faces?

Raw material supply, especially maize into our Misspelled WordMalambo Road facility, is a daily challenge as the on-site storage is inadequate for our demand.

There are seasonal transport shortages from third-party transporters.

What is the latest project or improvement NAMILCO Zambia went through?

Installment of an Misspelled WordInsta-Pro soy bean crushing plant. This has provided our stock feed mill with the best quality mechanically extracted soy bean meal on the market.

We are currently building a new green field site for wheat flour milling with capacity of 600 Misspelled Wordtpd and storage for 30,000 tons of wheat.

Are there any new projects developing soon, if so can you provide details about them?

Project Lilayi – continuing development of the site into a human food base for NMC. Maize meal, rice polishing and packing etc.

What makes NAMILCO Zambia unique or different to others?

Vibrant and productive agricultural sector provides nearly 100% of our wheat, maize and soybean requirements internally.

What was the last social event, gathering or celebration you had at the affiliate?

Leadership training was held 2 years ago for all staff from supervisors upwards.

How’s life in this location? Weather, economy, infrastructure, traffic, government, society, etc.?

Weather – temperate climate with 300 days of sunshine per year, with temperature ranging between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius.  Average rainfall for the country is between 800 and 1200 mm.

Economy – The economy is driven by mining, specifically the price of copper.  Agriculture grew substantially 2009 – 2015 but is now static.

Infrastructure – ZESCO power utility has made significant steps in securing power for the country with a number of hydro and solar projects.  Water supply is mostly bore hole provided with recent projects to utilize nearby river supply for human requirements.

Traffic – Lusaka is a little congested, but works are underway to de-congest.  Nationwide road infrastructure projects are ongoing to improve condition and capacity of the roadways.

Government – Current political party in for a second term. Generally accepted but with many alleged cases of corruption. One of the worst debt cases in the world currently.

Society – Peaceful, willing to progress.

What is special about the affiliate’s location? Touristic spots or interesting things to see and do, etc.

Climate is very favorable. Peaceful. Kafue National Park, South Luangwa National Park and the Lower Zambezi National Park as well as the Kafue River and Zambezi River are huge attractions for boating, fishing and wildlife viewing. Victoria Falls in Livingstone one of the seven wonders of the world. The country where the last shots of the First World War were fired which brought the Great War to an end!