BUHERA – Zimbabwe has high hopes of stopping fertiliser imports after it recently emerged that Dorowa Mine in Buhera has phosphate deposits that can last 120 years.
There are 200 MT of phosphate deposit at Dorowa, Chipinge Times has been told.
The country has used US$800 million in the past five years to import fertilizer and a Cabinet Committee on Food and Nutrition chaired by Vice President Constantine Chiwenga is determined to reverse that.
The committee has since set up a taskforce led by the Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Sekai Nzenza to prepare the commissioning of fertilizer value chain to promote local production.
Dr Nzenza told Chipinge Times that Government was prepared to support the sole phosphate miner to produce enough phosphate for the production of fertilizer that meets local, regional and international standards.
“We are prepared to capacitate Dorowa Minerals with grants and prioritise it for tenders so that they mine to full capacity and help with local fertilizer production,” she said.
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chairperson Winston Makamure told Chipinge Times that limited survey carried out at Dorowa shows that the current quanties of 200 million MT will double to 400 million MT to allow the miner to operate for 120 years.
Dorowa Mine is owned by IDC.
“Government has pledged support to capacitate the miner to allow it to boost local productivity and production of fertilizer to save foreign currency and ensure food security,” said Makamure.
Dorowa acting general manager Charles Mangadze said his company is a key driver for industrialisation and vital cog in import substitution strategy.
Dorowa has 200 workers and it produces 150 000 tonnes of phosphate concentrates per year. The phosphate is used to produce nutrients necessary for crops growth and compound D fertilizer.