Implementation of the Cold Storage Commission (CSC) turnaround strategy has moved a gear up as government has announced an 11-member board to spearhead the process.

The board will be chaired by Mrs Sylvia Khumalo Giyane who sat on the previous board and deputised by Mr Nimrod Chiminya, former TIMB deputy board chairman.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made said the CSC board members bring with them technical expertise that will re-position the company as one of the anchor institutions in agriculture.

“In the main, the board will be tasked with focusing on policy matters,  business of CSC.  Generally, I can’t say much but I am particular about relations between management and the board. I want harmony,” said Dr Made.

Dr Made said the deputy board chairman Mr  Nimrod Chiminya will bring critical experience gained from the highly organised tobacco industry as well as technical expertise since revamping CSC equipment is a key priority.

Also on the board is Zimbabwe Agriculture Society Chief executive officer and former Forestry Commission board member Dr Anxious Masuka who is expected to provide key information relating to pasture development.

Two representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development – Principal Director for Livestock Dr  Unesu Ushewokunze-Obatulu and Principal Director Mechanisation Engineer Resdon Muzamindo will provide expertise relating to disease control and mechanisation of livestock farmers who will feed into the CSC.

Dr Made said NSSA which has injected some capital into CSC is represented on the board.

Other members include CSC Chief Executive Officer Mr Ngoni Chinogaramombe, Mrs Cecilia Paradza, Mr Bekithemba Lloyd Nkomo,  Mrs Rufaro Maunze, Mr Khodolo Setaboli.

CSC has been severely undercapitalised and requires US$83 million to revamp operations according to an April 2016 report presented to Parliament.

The company owes creditors US$28 million and employees about US$3.5 million for wages.

The appointment of the CSC board comes as the command agriculture programme is being extended to livestock and Zimbabwe is targeting to resume beef exports to the European market as well as boosting domestic supplies.

At its peak, the CSC used to supply 9 100 tonnes of beef to the EU market.