The Agricultural Trading Company is on a national drive to raise professional standards among its employees, a development that has seen the company organizing training sessions in all the three regions.
So far, the company has trained employees in the South and the Northern Regions, with central region employees set to be trained in various areas from Saturday November 17 to Sunday November 18, 2018.
The targeted groups were Depot and Shop Clerks, supervisors and their assistants.
In the northern region, the training workshop took place last weekend from Saturday, November 10 to Sunday November 11, 2018. Among others, participants were trained in Safe Handling of Pesticides, product knowledge, first aid procedures, customer care, procurement and accounting.
Speaking during the opening of the Mzuzu training session, ATC General Manager Mrs Madalitso Jelenje urged team work among her staff.
“Let us work as a team. This workshop is aimed at bringing more positive results to the company,” she told the participants.
Companies that are working in partnership with ATC also had the chance to make presentations.
Some of the agro-companies that are in partnership with ATC include Farmers Organization of Malawi (FOM), MUSEC- AGRA and BEYA.
Making a presentation during the training Mr. Maurice Zimba of the Farmers Organization of Malawi commended ATC for ensuring that products from his organization have a wider reach.
“ATC has shops country wide and this makes it easy for customers to access our products,” he said.
He further explained that ATC staff members have in-depth knowledge on how to handle chemicals and pesticides. The Agricultural Trading Company is one of the subsidiaries of AHL Group that started its operations in 1962 as an Agro dealer. It stocks a wide range of chemicals, pesticides and agricultural equipment like sprayers and solar powered Irrigation kit. They also provide services like fumigation and pest control.