A health hazard is looming in Bindura as dust is emerging from a fertiliser manufacturing plant leading to complaints from nearby Chipundura School.

Dust being raised at the FSG fertiliser manufacturing plant and Terrabot Private Limited in Bindura has led to children skipping classes due to respiratory problems.

Complaints from the school prompted the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central Cde Monica Mavhunga to visit the factory and assess the situation on Friday morning.

“We know fertiliser is important to us and to the economy but we have heard complaints from the headmaster at Chipundura that some children are now missing school due to dust so we want the situation to be rectified,” said Cde Mavhunga.

FSG Production Manager Mr Naas Maritz committed to take immediate cautionary measures of covering clay granules with taurpalines while directors of the company and Terrabot will be engaged for a lasting solution.

“There is a plus of dust clay so in the meantime we will cover it with taurpalines,” he said.

Environmental Management Agency Officer for Mashonaland Central Tsaurai Gwarinda said the company has since been ordered to apply for a clay abstraction licence which will contain an environmental management plan for dust suppression.

The company which is producing 540 tonnes of fertiliser per day has an automatic blending plant and bagging machinery.