President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to launch a US$40 million Kilimanjaro sugar cane project in Chiredzi this Saturday which will see Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe opening over 3 000 hectares of virgin land into cane fields.
The fields which will be handed over to Government for allocation to local out-grower farmers on a cost-recovery basis will see an increase in sugar output and ultimately more foreign currency.
The project has already started and is expected to be completed by September next year.
Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira, said the province was ready to host the President for the programme.
“We are very delighted as Masvingo Province that his Excellency the President of Zimbabwe will be in Chiredzi for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kilimanjaro Project. This is a very important moment for us as a province as we will be witnessing the official launch of a project that will give us more jobs, revenue, and empowerment to the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe,” said minister Chadzamira.
“We are also happy that the President will have an opportunity to tour the winter maize project here which the Masvingo Development Trust and Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe have been doing for the past five or so years. This is an important project for us as it provides a remedy to the recurrent food shortages which have been affecting us as a province due to drought. We have 327ha of maize which we expect to harvest soon.”
The winter maize project has helped to cushion the province from the effects of successive droughts.
Both the winter maize project and Kilimanjaro sugar expansion initiative have earned Tongaat plaudits as a testament to the firm’s commitment to a win-win scenario with the people of Zimbabwe.