The government has started allocating chrome claims acquired from ZIMASCO starting with smelting companies who are expected to get 7000 hectares of the claims under phase one of the plan.

The first phase on the allocation of 50 percent of chrome claims acquired by the government from ZIMASCO is being considered critical in the beneficiation of the commodity.

While the current plan is expected to solve value addition challenges which have seen the country being prejudiced of millions of dollars from raw chrome exports, the ZBC News is also informed by official sources that small scale mining players will soon be getting 10 000 hectares of the claims during the second phase.

Contacted for comment, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Engineer Freddy Moyo confirmed that allocation of chrome claims is being made in line with the government’s focus towards repositioning the chrome mining sector as an important player in contributing to socio-economic development.

“We have just started and the process will unlock more benefits to the economy. The sector is also poised for a significant growth taking into account benefits arising from the mining sector,”

Zimbabwe’s chrome mining industry is being considered strategic with the government taking a lead towards ensuring an equitable distribution of claims and embracing a multi-stakeholder participation within the sector which was mainly dominated by a few large conglomerates.