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    2019 sugarcane milling season begins

    Adelaide Chikunguru.


    CHIREDZI – The 2019 sugarcane milling season kicked off last week amid turbulent economic times when the upwards movement of costs including labour, inputs and transport are difficult to pin down.
    Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager, Adelaide Chikunguru confirmed that their sugar mills at Hippo Valley and Triangle started running last week and everything is going according to their plans.
    She said that assessments to see if this year will surpass last year`s output are still being carried out.
    “I can confirm that both mills at Hippo Valley and Triangle are now running. The milling started last week and Triangle was the first followed by Hippo Valley. I am not in a position to predict this year`s output; assessments are still being carried out,” said Chikunguru.
    Mkwasine Sugarcane Farmers Association Chairperson Rt Col Dennis Masomere said most farmers in Mkwasine are delaying cutting their sugarcane due to high costs. He said farmers are in the dark on many factors including haulage, labour and inputs for preparation of next season.
    “There is pessimism all round and fears are that many farmers will not get anything out of this year’s harvest. We are yet to agree on the pricing of sugar with our miller yet haulage which is offered by National Railways of Zimbabwe and private trucks as well as labour for sugarcane cutting is obviously going to be expensive,” said Masomere. 

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