FERTILIZER MANUFACTURING PLANT IN MATSAPHA
Two of Africa's agricultural giants, TRIOMF Fertiliser and BPI Manufacturing have joined forces to transform the kingdom of Swaziland's promise of a first world status by 2022 into a flourishing reality.
TRIOMF is amongst the leading agricultural brands in Africa specialising in the manufacturing, blending, coating and distribution of quality fertilizer and other related agricultural products. Their 180 000 m² flagship production plant in Potchefstroom, South Africa, boasts an array of advanced machinery structures.
A similar production plant is earmarked for construction at the Matsapha Industrial Sites in February 2015. Assembly of the plant is estimated to take about 18 months and will be a one-of-its-kind, single-granule fertilizer production plant to be constructed in Swaziland.
At a workshop for farmers held at the company premises on 20 September 2014, TRIOMF Swaziland Managing Director, Andrew Mthembu, said the construction of the manufacturing facility will significantly reduce the price of fertilizer in the country. "Fertilizer is expensive because of the transport costs," he said. "The factory will make sure we no longer import and have the advantage of the buying directly from the manufacturer."
The farmer's workshop followed the official unveiling of the TRIOMF brand by His Majesty, King Mswati III at the Swaziland International Trade Fair (SITF) on 28 August 2014. On this occasion, Mthembu and Christo Grobler, Chief Executive Officer of TRIOMF SA presented His Majesty with a sparkling new Tafe tractor, one of the brands supplied by the company.
At the workshop, Mthembu told about 50 local farmers that TRIOMF Swaziland is owned by a consortium of Swazi investors, including himself, who have forged partnership with the TRIOMF brand for technical expertise and comprehensive agricultural coverage in Africa.
The TRIOMF Swaziland warehouse, which is situated at Plot 69, King Sobuza II Avenue, Matsapha Industrial Site, east of Matsapha Central Prison, already comprises an extensive range of TRIOMF fertilizer imported from the manufacturing plant in South Africa as well as a wide range of BPI manufacturing farm implements, which includes Tafe and Massey Ferguson tractors. "For now, the fertilizer will be transported from Potchefstroom and Ermelo until the completion of the manufacturing facility here in Swaziland," said Mthembu.
TRIOMF has promised to work with farmers beyond the selling of their products. They have brought in a team of Agronomists who will help farmers analyse the quality of their soils and recommend improvements for better produce. "Our Agronomists will come to you and analyse your soils and recommend the appropriate fertilizer and even make a soil-specific fertilizer mix" said Mthembu.
Members of the TRIOMF SA team who attended the workshop included TRIOMF Trade Managing Director, Jannie Willemse, TRIOMF Logistics Managing Director, Barry Swanevelder, Marketing Assistant, Chantel van Wyk and a team of Agronomists namely Jannie Putter, JP Nel, Pieter Willemse and Steve du Plooy from BPI Manufacturing. Technical presentations to the farmers covered the following: soil analysis, soil chemical mapping and precision farming, all available by request.
Compiled by Sibusiso Mngadi