The EPFC (Eastern Province Farmers Cooperative) is a community business, registered with the Zambian authorities in 2007, which provides farming services to smallholder farmers. The organisation is growing quickly and is currently working with more than 1,500 farmers in Chipata and Katete districts of the Eastern Province of Zambia.
We are based in Katapola, on the outskirts of Chipata, and currently have a team of ten experienced people – manager, administration and field officers – along with a warehouse operation.
We use international quality management systems and our facilities include a warehouse that has a capacity of 500 tons and the capability to manage 30 ton loads direct from the warehouse to trucks drawn from our transport providers. We also have a system of village storage in the main buying centres.
Chipata recently opened a rail connection through Lilongwe (in Malawi) to an international port on the Indian Ocean at Nacala (in Mozambique). This will eventually provide an efficient rail/ship route to our main international markets.