President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will not stand by and watch while people’s hard earned incomes are being eroded through the charging of exorbitant prices for various commodities without justification.
Cde Mnangagwa said this while addressing guests at the commissioning of Prodairy milk processing plant in Ruwa near Harare this Wednesday afternoon.
Recent weeks have seen prices of basic commodities skyrocketing and the President implored business to be conscious of pricing and marketing models as they partner government in the economic revival programme and realisation of vision 2030 of growing the economy.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that quality basic commodities are available, accessible and affordable to the generality of the population.
Cde Mnangagwa stressed the need for industry and commerce to engage the government in resolving the challenges they face as they play their part in building Zimbabwe.
On Prodairy, the President commended the company for heeding the government’s call to take advantage of existing trade and investment opportunities in the country and play their part in reviving the economy and their value addition thrust.
He called on Innscor Group to create more jobs as well as empower women, the youth and SMEs.
Cde Mnangagwa also called on the dairy sector to play its part in growing the industry through partnerships for research and development as well as specialised irrigated pastures and cattle breeds for continued supply of raw materials to the sector for poverty eradication.
Zimbabwe’s milk requirements per month stand at 10 million litres but the country is presently producing only half of that requirement, making it necessary to import the shortfall from other countries.
The commissioning of this plant should go a long way in reducing the milk deficit in the country.
The Prodairy plant started operations in May 2017, producing different milk varieties that include ultra high temperature (UHT) milk, sterilised and cultured milk, to mention but a few. It also produces dairy blend beverages and recently started producing Maheu which was also launched by the President this afternoon.
The company has a capacity utilisation of 70 percent, producing two and half million litres a month.
The Prodairy leadership bemoaned the low per capita consumption of milk in Zimbabwe of 7 litres, compared to Kenya 130 litres, Uganda’s 56 litres and Botswana 85 litres.
Vice President Kembo Mohadi; Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Deputy Minister Cde Vangelis Haritatos, State Security Minister Cde Owen Ncube and the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce were at the commissioning and toured the plant to acquaint themselves with some of the products.