The devastating effects of Cyclone Idai in Manicaland has caused a low supply of raw materials to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the furniture industry in Zvishavane.
The trail of destruction caused by the is a national cause as the effects are still being felt by many across various sectors.
SMEs in the furniture industry from Zvishavane’s home industry say they have down-scaled their operations in view of the low supply of raw materials.
“At the moment we have reduced our production rate owing to the low supply of timber,” said one entrepreneur.
“Most of the pine tree raw materials used to be sourced from Chimanimani. The current situation is affecting SMEs, transporters as well as workers,” another entrepreneur said.
The prices of raw materials have since been hiked and players believe a good railway network would also ease transport costs which are pushing furniture prices up.
SMEs are pleading for the government’s protection as many people are importing furniture and shunning the local players