By Gay Matambo
GOVERNMENT says plans to rehabilitate the Cold Storage Company (CSC) in Masvingo are on course, in a development set to benefit communal livestock farmers across the countr
The development comes at a time when the Bulawayo Cold Storage Company was re-opened two weeks ago by Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga.
This Friday, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Dr Anxious Masuka toured the idle CSC Masvingo plant, where the investor Mr Nick Havercroft revealed that US$24 million has been set aside for the rehabilitation of the plant.
He added that communal livestock farmers will be engaged for supplies once the plant has been revamped.
“After having managed to re-open the Bulawayo CSC, we hope that reopening Masvingo CSC will be easy because we now know where to get spare parts for the equipment. Government is also supporting us so we are excited to take up this challenge,” he said.
Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira said the re-opening of the CSC in Masvingo is set to be a game changer in the beef farming industry.
“Masvingo has over a million cattle and this means we have the capacity to be able to supply cattle to the compan. Livestock farming will be a lucrative business especially for communal farmers who used to struggle to access favourable markets for themselves. noted Honourable Chadzamira,
The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka noted that revival of the beef processing company in Zimbabwe is key in boosting the country’s exports.
“My visit here is to assess the status and the magnitude of the work that is required with the investor and we have all the Provincial Ministers of State to see this. The investor says they have secured an additional US$36 million to start a communal livestock mobilisation plan based on feedlots and organic GMO free cattle that is cattle on the large stock and also goats on the smaller stockm” he explained.
At its peak in the 1990s, the Cold Storage Company that owns various abattoirs, used to employ 1 500 permanent workers and close to 700 casual employees, thereby making it one of the country’s biggest employers.