By Mercy Bofu
LOCAL communities of Mwenezi have started reaping benefits from the recently established Amarula plant through employment and selling Marula/Mapfura fruit to the company.
Following the establishment of an Amarula plant in Mwenezi, more than 100 locals have been employed and community members are benefiting through supplying marula/mapfura fruit as the raw material.
A 50kg bag of the amarula fruit costs US$5.
Plans are already underway to expand the project according to the National Biotechnology Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter Savadye.
“As the National Biotechnology Authority, we are looking forward to expanding operations here, as you can see we have already put up new machines and an amarula plantation is coming,” he said.
The plant is part of the country’s industrialisation agenda, which is premised on innovation in the exploitation of locally available resources to grow the economy and more similar projects are on the cards.
“If you look at this development, it was built by our students from Masvingo Polytechnic College and set up by the National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe, this is a model of what the Second Republic is working on, said the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira.
The Amarula processing plant which was set up by the National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe is hailed as a stepping stone in ensuring communities accrue tangible economic benefits from locally available resources.
The Second Republic under the leadership of President Mnangagwa is on a drive to ensure that communities are empowered through local resources.