Pres Mnangagwa to commission Mapfura-Marula value-addition project

By Bruce Chahwanda Political Editor
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to officially commission Mapfura/Marula value-addition project in Rutenga, Masvingo Province.
The plant is a National Biotechnology Authority project to value-add to Indigenous Knowledge Systems.
The project aims to add value to the knowldge that has existed in local communities sime time immemorial and make use of resources that are currently being under utilised.
Mapfura fruit has been used in brewing the mapfura wine which is the modified version of the famous Mukumbi beer that has been brewed by the country’s fore fathers.
National Biotechnology Authority scientists improved the traditional beer, making it suitable and appealing to a larger market size thereby increasing its market value.
The use of natural resources will increase exports and inflows of foreign currency into the country.
The value addition chain will improve biomass utilisation and reduce environmental pollution. Mapfura nuts which are leftover from the fermentation of the beer will be pressed for oil.
The oil will be used in cosmetics as a topical tissue oil to reduce intensity of blemishes, moisturising and nourishing the skin. It can also be used in the hair to prevent hair breakage and protect the scalp.