Gambia Milling Corporation Company Limited, (GMC) recently organized a day’s seminar for bakers across the country.
The seminar, attended by representatives of various groups involved in the field, staff and management of the GMC, was held at the new warehouse at the company’s main head office in Banjul.
It was aimed at bringing more awareness on how the flour that is used by these bakers is manufactured and to also listen to complaints in order to find solutions to them.
Inaugurated on 4th July 2013 by the President of the Republic of The Gambia, the Corporation has a current production capacity of 350,000kg or 7020bags of 50kg per day.
Speaking on behalf the Managing Director of GMC, Dirk Van Develde, the General Manager of the said Corporation, underscored the importance of the seminar, stating that GMC was incorporated in 11th April 2013 and that it started trading on the same date.
According to him, Seaboard, which is one of their partners, has more than 25,000 employees worldwide with 16 flour mills in Africa, South America and the Caribbean, noting that they also have feed manufacturing in 9 countries in Africa and South America.
Their visions, he went on, is to make The Gambia’s manufacturing industry prosper and to produce high quality and superior flour, bread and animal feed, to satisfy the country’s growing demand for bread, flour and derivative products.
Also speaking at the seminar, Mr. Pierre Alexis, a representative of Eurogerm from France, who work with Milling Corporations, disclosed that they have three factories in Africa.
He explained in detail the components of wheat seed and how flour is manufactured into a finished product with precise videos on flour manufacturing and baking methods different from the one used in The Gambia.
The seminar was characterised with a conducted tour of the factory by bakers in a bid to have a better understanding of the topics discussed.
by Binta Bah