The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has received the second batch of the diamond mining equipment procured from Belarus under the US$32 million agreement.

The consignment of mining equipment arrived through Forbes Border Post and will be assembled in Chiadzwa.

The equipment is a major relief to the ZCDC which used to depend on contract mining which proved to be costly.

In a telephone interview with ZBC News, the chief executive officer for ZCDC Dr Morris Mpofu said the new diamond mining equipment will improve capacity utilisation to 80 percent.

Diamond production is expected to increase this year following the access gained by ZCDC on concessions which were previously contested by former mining companies at the expiry of their mining licences.

The government last year took a deliberate decision to consolidate all diamond mining operations at the expiry of their special grants.