The community of Tshelanyemba in Matobo district has started benefiting from the establishment of a state of the art processing centre where farmers are adding value to their agricultural produce.

The processing centre which is the brainchild of community members was initiated in 2010 by over 700 villagers from different wards following the realisation that their agricultural produce was going to waste owing to challenges in accessing markets.

Although some villagers eventually dumped the project along the way the commitment of 57 other members saw Dabane Trust and its partners injecting financial resources to complete construction as well as equip the processing centre. 

The centre has started operating but delays by the power utility to connect electricity to the facility is affecting production, noted the chairperson of Matobo Processing Centre Mrs Thabiso Ncube.

Beneficiaries of the processing centre are upbeat that once the processing centre is fully operational it will transform their lives as they are looking to increase production and supply bigger markets.

Among the equipment that the centre has is an industrial oven, drier, peanut butter, popcorn, cooking oil and hot chips making machines.

Meanwhile, the centre has applied for more land from council to set up a milling plant.