MWENEZI – Mwenezi will by mid-July have its first Amarula processing plant constructed at Rutenga Growth Point.
This was disclosed during the tour of the plant which is a joint project between Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education and the National Biotechnology Authority.
Over two tons of Amarula are expected to be processed annually. The plant is now 98% complete, the touring party was told.
The plant brings hope for employment creation in one of the country’s most remote districts whose youth majority are economic refugees in South Africa.
Joram Ncube who is Mwenezi Rural District Council (RDC) chairman hailed the development and attributed the project’s birth to the 2019 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair held in Bulawayo which the local authority attended and exhibited the marula fruit which will now be the raw material for the end product.
The raw material will come from Chivi, Zaka and Mwenezi and the plant is expected to produce wine, oil for cosmetics, edible nuts and beverages.
The tour of was conducted by Ncube, Jorum Gumbo who is Mberengwa West legislator and the Minister for Presidential Affairs responsible for Monitoring the implementation of Government projects.
“We showcased the traditional mukumbi which is the staple beer in Mwenezi brewed out of Amarula fruits. Many visitors to ZITF tasted it with mixed feeling but here we are today, some investors got interested and an Amarula plant is born tree,” said Ncube.
Gumbo said that the plant will not only create jobs but it will boost value addition and beneficiation processes in the country.
“It is encouraging that the project is done in a rural setting, where there will be production of commercial products that include wine, oil for cosmetics, edible nuts and beverages which will be processed in a hygienic environment thereby empowering local traders to be competitive,’’ said Gumbo. https://masvingomirror.com