Grantee: Musoma Food Company Ltd.
Project name: “Sustainable Quality Maize Project (SQMP)”
Grant amount: £329,451.50
Project start date: 1st December 2015
Project duration: 2 years
Countries benefiting: Uganda and Rwanda
Description of the organization:
Musoma Food Company Limited (MFCL) is a company established in the year 2008 trading Maize (Flour and grains) and Rice. MFCL is the leading supplier of local maize flour in the Lake Zone area (Shinyanga, Mwanza, Kagera, and Mara regions) and to Dar es Salaam, as well. MFCL customers include households, schools, retailer and food vendors. The company is also engaged in supplying maize grains. The main markets for the grains are Tanzania National Food Reserve (NFRA), domestic wholesalers and cross border traders mostly from Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, where it trades between 2,000 to 3,000MT of maize annually. The company’s other businesses include trading of Sorghum, green gam and cheek peas.
The Sustainable Quality Maize (SQM) Project is designed to solve the problem faced by MFCL where there is frequent shortage of maize and its products. The company will increase business efficiency by supporting smallholder maize farmers to enhance their productivity and quality of maize. This will tackle the challenge of obtaining the right quantity and quality of Maize. MFCL with support from FoodTrade ESA will set up a sustainable maize aggregation system, which will make sure the company procures the kind of quality maize needed. The company will ensure it aggregates maize of specific quantities and quality level to meet market demands. Adherence to quality will involve training company’s staff on acceptable East African cereal and grain quality parameters. Also, the company will contract Tanzania Food and Drug Authority to perform quality assurance on a periodic basis. The company aims to capacitate the 3,500 farmers with the best post-harvesting practices, in order to improve maize quality, and reduce moisture content from 15% to below 10% and foreign matters from 10% to below 1% by 2017.