The country’s ethanol producer GreenFuel is on an expansion drive as it seeks to increase its production capacity by twenty percent next year.
In an interview on the sidelines of the tour of GreenFuel cane fields and plant by the ARDA board, GreenFuel factory manager John Mark Sitebe said his company plants to up cane tonnage from the current 8 000 tonnes to over a thousand tonnes next year in line with increase in hectares planted.
He said the mill is being expanded to increase production from 200 tonnes per hour to 230 tonnes per hour to achieve at least 20 percent increase in production capacity with the installation of the new plant running into over a million dollars.
ARDA board chairperson Mr Bezel Nyabadza who was leading a delegation to assess progress at the giant ethanol making company said the developments at Chisumbanje are in line with government plan to improve blending from the current 20 percent to 40 percent.
He however said government should prioritise the construction of Kondo dam to ensure that another ethanol plant is constructed in Middle Sabi with the development positively impacting on the national economy.
The GreenFuel Ethanol Project remains the leading model of a private public partnership that has been a great success in the country with the company producing an average of 350 000 litres of ethanol per day.