Vice-President Saulos Chilima has hailed Nyama World’s plans to start exporting 25 to 30 tonnes of meat products, honey and coffee weekly.
He visited the company’s abattoir in Mzuzu on Tuesday after concluding Public Sector Reforms Programme engagements in the Northern Region.
As part of the export drive, the company intends to work with 30 000 farmers, triple the current count.
Chilima said: “Apart from the potential export earnings, the real beauty for us is that the slaughterhouse has 11 000 farmers and these are Malawian livestock farmers in Rumphi and other districts.
He urged the investor to scale up similar facilities in Rumphi and Karonga.
Nyama World managing director Hussein Jakhura said they are focusing on a cross-breeding programme in Chitipa, Karonga, Rumphi and Mzimba, covering 11 000 farmers–and 40 in every 100 are women and the youth.
For six years, they have been cross-breeding Zebu cattle with the Bonsmara breed introduced by the Department of Animal Health six years ago.
Since its establishment in 2010, Nyama World has developed an integrated value chain and owns an abattoir, feedlots, processing plants and retail outlets.
Malawi plays home to almost 1.5 million cattle and smallholders supply 90 percent of the beef nationwide.