Bühler SA launches 'new innovation' for agro-processing

Food processing plant and equipment specialist Bühler South Africa on Friday launched its mobile Isigayo compact mill in Johannesburg, aimed at tackling government's mandate of developing the small-scale milling sector and improving food security in the Southern African region.

The equipment supplier's solution was in line with South Africa's Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) in "establishing a commercially viable small scale maize milling sector that will increase competition in the currently concentrated milling industry", the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) said in a statement.

The acting Deputy Director-General responsible for industrial policy at the dti, Garth Strachan, said the new maize milling machine will introduce new technology which will bring new entrants into the market including, Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs).

"South Africa's foreign direct investment into manufacturing is robust and the 12i Tax Incentive of R5.66 billion has supported large manufacturing worth R22.5 billion and a large proportion of which has been in the Agro-processing sector," said Strachan.

Calvin Griender, Group Chief Executive Officer of Buhler, said the technology would create jobs, develop skills and provide affordable and improved nutrition, through vitamin enrichment, as well as empower and generate income for entrepreneurs and existing small-scale millers.

"Over the years government has put great effort in supporting agro-processing and we, as Buhler, support this initiative by introducing the Isigayo," said Griender.

The Isigayo is fitted with standard Buhler equipment and is pre-assembled in two containers, and pre-engineered as a complete milling plant.

There is very little infrastructure necessary and the mill is easily transportable.

This is especially beneficial for SMME's that are expanding into milling, the dti said.

Image: Acting DDG at the dti Mr Garth Strachan second from right with Buhler GCEO Calvin Griender standing behind the new Isigayo Maize Milling plant © the dti.

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