Government is targeting a production increase of ferrochrome from last year’s 350 000 tonnes to 400 000 tonnes this year.

This came out at the on-going Mines and Mining Development Parliamentary Portfolio Committee induction workshop in Bulawayo.

Government is concerned with the current challenges in the mining sector.

Since 2018, mineral production has decreased due to power and fuel shortages.

However, other metals continue to do well, according to Mines and Mining Development Minister Honourable Winston Chitando.

“We are currently producing 350 000 tonnes of ferrochrome. Our target this year is 400 000 tonnes. We, however, aim to produce 2 million tonnes per year by 2023,” he said.

The committee members also raised questions relating to national mineral production, beneficiation and other challenges.

The Mines and Mining Development Parliamentary Portfolio Committee is grappling with several challenges in the sector as it seeks to effectively play its oversight role.