Written by Alex Mwangosi
A 100 million US Dollars ( MK80.7 billion) new briquette manufacturing factory has been commissioned at Chikangawa in Mzimba District courtesy of RAIPLY Malawi Ltd.
Commissioning the new factory, Minister of Forestry, Nancy Tembo, said the plant will solve the charcoal burning challenge which the country is facing. “I am very excited to come here and commission this briquette factory. I should commend and congratulate RAIPLY for being the government’s true partner in the issues of environmental care and job creation,” explained Tembo.
She then called on companies and individuals to adopt the use of briquettes as opposed to promoting the illegal charcoal business. RAIPLY’s Chief Executive Officer, Khrishna Das, said the company had already employed over sixty people to the new plant alone. “So far we have about sixty employees and we hope to employ more after we expand the factory,” said Das. On the issue of sustainability, the CEO said the company has plenty of raw materials to keep the factory afloat.
Taking his turn, Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa the fifth of Mzimba, said apart from conserving trees the plant will offer business opportunities among his subjects. The company was officially opened on 16 September 1991 by the country’s first President late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, for purposes of manufacturing furniture and planks.