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The Rice Development Trust hosted Mr. Geoffrey Ngwira, an agripreneur, who would like to venture into rice processing and value addition. As an agripreneur, he has an agreement with Guyue Machinery & Equipment Co.Ltd, a company based in China. As part of his planning process, the entrepreneur wanted to understand about the prerequisites for setting up a processing plant, the rice production trends for Malawi, rice processing methods, the major and small rice processors in Malawi and many areas. It is expected that RDT will provide detailed information so that the entrepreneur comes up with a very good business plan. During the meeting, the RDT explained also about the rice standards and the importance of adhering to the set standards during processing and value addition of rice.

The RDT is the coordinating body of the rice value chain in Malawi. In the picture, the RDT Coordinator, Leonard Chimwaza, explaining about the rice grades for Malawi according to the existing national rice standards.