CHC Commodities is a major Zambian agricultural services and processing company focusing on
Grain storage & Handling in bulk, mini bulk and in bags
Value adding and processing of agricultural commodities
Financing of crop production
Supply of agricultural inputs to the farming sector
Export of agricultural commodities
Property portfolio of storage and other real estate assets.
CHC has a vision of being a driver of agricultural growth in Zambia by developing new crops and opportunities for farmers.
CHC is privately owned by the three founding shareholders.
SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES
CHC Commodities primary business is warehousing, mandate buying and brokering of agricultural commodities.
CHC Commodities has a significant share of the non government grain storage industry storing for the following blue chip clients:
(i) Zambian Breweries plc (SAB Miller),
(ii) National breweries plc (SAB Miller),
(iii) National Milling Corporation (Seaboard),
(iv) UN World Food Programme,
(v) Greenbelt Fertilisers
(vi) Amatheon Agri
(vii) Cargill Zambia
(viii) Afgri Zambia
CHC has bought grains under mandate for the following clients:
Zambian Breweries: Sorghum
National Breweries: Maize
Zambeef: Soya beans
Mt Meru: Soya beans & Sunflower
Cargill Zambia: Maize & Soya beans
Afgri Zambia: Maize
CHC Commodities brokers the sale of grains from commercial farmers to millers and oil seed crushers.
CHC Commodities has directly exported grains to Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Botswana and is proficient in facilitating the export of grains.
CHC CHEMICALSCHC Chemicals started as Greenbelt Chemicals in 2012 to service the farming sectors Agro chemical requirements. The products supplied are sourced from Arysta Life Sciences (Pty) Ltd of South Africa and are high quality generic products popular with farmers for efficacy and affordable pricing. CHC Chemicals has access to an extensive portfolio of registrations not only in Zambia but with access to registrations from Arysta Life science Brazil, North America and South America.
NEW ROTATIONS ZAMBIA (NRZ)
Canon Garth Ltd of the UK and CHC Commodities have formed a joint company in Zambia with equal shareholding and with the objective to develop a world class commercial groundnut production and processing operation which will produce a high quality end product suitable for customers of all types including the global manufacturers in snack and confectionery markets.
NRZ’s objective is to become the only high quality processor and marketer of edible groundnuts produced by small holder farmers (“SHF”) and commercial out growers in Zambia. NRZ is currently focused on domestic and regional markets (primarily RSA) for sale of edible peanuts, but ultimately targets (from 2017) South Africa, EU and other export markets. NRZ is therefore driven to aggregate groundnuts from small holder farmers (“SHFs”) in the most efficient, cost effective way with a sharp focus on maintenance of quality and mitigation of aflatoxin contamination. NRZ proposes to achieve this through the following initiatives: The operation is focused on the following areas in order to achieve this goal:
- Introduction and development of new high yielding seed varieties suitable for both commercial and small holder farmers and highly marketable to global manufacturers.
- Development of commercial production operation using CHC farmer network.
- Development of all post harvest and processing infrastructure required to handle both commercial and small holders’ groundnut production.
- Development of 4 regional “buying points” to facilitate the purchase and basic processing of significant quantities of farmer stock (in-shell) groundnuts from small holder farmers.
- Through in-house expertise of Canon Garth, NRZ is to provide training for commercial and small holder farmers to maximise production and quality potential whilst mitigating risks of threats such as aflatoxin.
- Marketing and sale of peanuts from both small holder and commercial crops to domestic, regional and international markets.
NRZ intends to grow production from an anticipated throughput of 1,500mt in 2016 to 9,000 mt in 2020.
This company is owned by the same shareholders as those of CHC Commodities but is run as a part of the CHC group. Musanza milling has a modern Mileral roller milling plant located in Livingstone in the Southern Province of Zambia. Approximately 1,200mt (14,400mt pa) of maize is milled each month and the resultant products are marketed from Sioma in the west to Choma in the north East through a series of shops, container depots and retail agents. The target is to increase sales from 1,200mt (14,400mt pa) per month to 2,000mt (24,000mt pa) per month within three years through better distribution and targeting NGO and corporate sales.