A South African company Willowton Group has set up an integrated fast consumer goods plant in Mutare which is producing 6000 tonnes of oil and 3000 tonnes of soap per month.

Two production lines are currently running at Willowton Group, integrated fast consumer goods plant which started two years ago.

The plant is currently producing cooking oil and soap.

Thumbs up have been given to the statutory instrument 64 (SI64) of 2016 which has already started paying dividends.

The Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Mike Bimha, Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene visited the plant to assess progress and were all satisfied by the company’s operations.

The delegation was taken through the processes by Willowton Group management at the US$40 million integrated fast consumer goods plant.

In an interview after the tour, Dr Bimha said SI64 of 2016 jump started the oil expressing industry whose production had gone down to 20 percent but now most of them are operating at full capacity.

Cde Chimene said the coming on board of Willowton Group’s integrated fast consumer goods plant has rejuvenated the local industry in Manicaland.

Willowton Group chief executive officer Mr Bruce Henderson commended the government for supporting the project since its inception and said 130 people are now fully employed.

He revealed that the investors are now focusing on establishing a crush plant.

Currently the company is producing cooking oil and soap.

The plant when fully operational will produce close to half a million litres of edible oils per day.