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The Industrial Sector in Burkina: Agroserv Industrie SA Holds ISO 9001 Certification

The CEO of Agroserv Industrie SA took the opportunity to announce the launch on Monday, December 5th, 2022, of the construction works of a new agro-industrial complex in Bobo-Dioulasso. Ultramodern, this agro-industrial complex will allow Agroserv Industrie SA to move from primary processing to secondary processing of products derived from corn. 



The perpetual search for the satisfaction of its customers, through the quality of its products and the performance of its services, has earned it today the obtaining of ISO 9001 version 2015 certification. Agroserv Industrie SA has a daily processing capacity of 80 tonnes of maize. The company, based in Ouagadougou (in the Kossodo industrial zone) transforms corn into gritz, flour and semolina (couscous).

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The vision of Agroserv Industrie is to reach a level of processing of 31,250 tons of maize in 2023

That, by including in its supply system, the collection of irrigated maize in the off-season in addition to rainfed maize. But also by diversifying its finished product offerings so that they are more accessible to low-income consumers.

To achieve this, Agroserv Industrie SA intends to include in its supply network more than 20,000 small producers distributed in the major production areas (mainly the Hauts-Bassins, Cascades and Boucle du Mouhoun regions).

“Agroserv Industrie SA was born from the desire to contribute to the cereal value chain in Burkina Faso since 2008. And since then, the company has never stopped working to meet customers’ needs more effectively by supplying them with semolina. and very good quality corn flour,” said Siaka Sanon, CEO of Agroserv Industrie SA.

The idea of ​​implementing a quality approach stems from Agroserv Industrie SA’s desire to better control this process in order to constantly supply products that meet the needs of its customers and increase their satisfaction. It is therefore the implementation of this quality approach that resulted in February 2022, in the crowning of Agroserv Industrie SA with ISO 9001 version 2015 certification through the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). A multinational that offers control, verification, analysis and certification services in relation to the marketing and transport of goods.

“Throughout the complex process, Agroserv demonstrated maturity, which resulted in the certificate we are celebrating. The company was assessed on the basis of its quality system and a number of ISO 9001 requirements were verified. The audit was conclusive with regard to the system put in place by Agroserv Industrie SA. This earned it ISO 9001 certification,” explained Sanbyemba Ouédraogo, representing the general manager of SGS.

A production target of more than 200 tonnes of corn per day

The CEO of Agroserv Industrie SA took the opportunity to announce the launch on Monday, December 5th, 2022, of the construction works of a new agro-industrial complex in Bobo-Dioulasso. “This new complex will allow us to get closer to our valiant agricultural producers. We are aiming for a daily production target of more than 200 tons of maize,” said Siaka Sanon.

Ultramodern, this agro-industrial complex will allow Agroserv Industrie SA to move from primary processing to secondary processing of products derived from corn. Anything that will promote the creation of direct and indirect jobs. Once out of the ground, this plant will be the very first of its kind in French-speaking West Africa, according to Mr. Sanon.

A project worth ten billion CFA francs

With an estimated value of ten billion CFA francs, the construction of the agro-industrial complex will last twelve months. To this end, the promoter reiterated his gratitude to the partners who support him in this futuristic vision.

Agroserv Industrie SA is the champion company of the Maize Partnership supported by the 2SCALE Program in Burkina Faso. As a reminder, 2SCALE is an incubator and accelerator program that facilitates a portfolio of public-private partnerships (PPP) with inclusive businesses in the agribusiness sector in Africa. This program is in its second phase and benefits from public financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS).

It is implemented by a consortium including: International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Base-of-the-Pyramid Innovation Center (BoPInc) and the Dutch development organization, SNV. This, for a period of 5 years (2019 – 2023). The goal of the program is to contribute to food and nutritional security, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and stability in nine African countries covered by the program, including Burkina Faso.

Among other things, it aims to incentivize and accelerate innovative business models in the agricultural sector while integrating consumers from the base of the pyramid (BoP), promote sustainable supply based on the country’s smallholder farmers and create jobs for young people and women.


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