mining equipment.jpgDiamond mining joint venture firm, Diamond Mining Company (DMC) has applied for certification by the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

The joint venture firm between the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and a Dubai based firm, Pure Diamonds, was put in place sometime in August  this year to mine in the  Marange diamond field.

Since then, significant progress has been registered hence the company says this is meant to ensure that minimum KP requirements are met.

DMC Deputy Managing Director, Mr Gillen Sithole said the company has since applied for certification to export the gems.

The current existing production units at the mine have the capacity to process at least 100 000 tonnes of ore per month with an average output of 1,5 carats per tonne.

The company says it has acquired relevant equipment to enable it to move away from the alluvial diamonds into a conglomerate.

DMC is among the five firms operating in Marange diamond field which is estimated to be one of the biggest diamond reserves in the world.

The local diamond industry is expected to play a significant role in ensuring the attainment of the envisaged 9,4% economic growth and is set to contribute at least US$600 million to the 2012 National Budget.