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    Tongaat US$40m land development project halfway through


    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Tongaat Hullet has completed development of 2 000 hectares of fresh land to be used for sugarcane production by indigenous farmers, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy and Power Development has been told.
    The US$40 million project which started this year is aimed at creating 3 365 hectares of land for sugarcane production under a program named Kilimanjaro. The Parliamentary Committee was told that the 2 000 hectares are now ready for planting.
    Speaking during a tour by the Committee, Tongaat Hullet acting managing director Aiden Mhere said the Kilimanjaro program which is aimed at increasing production in the sugar industry is being carried out on a cost recovery basis. It will increase the number of indigenous farmers in the industry.
    Seventeen private contractors were given contracts to carry out various works in Hippo Valley and Triangle Estates.
    “We are assisting Government in the development of new sugarcane fields under a program called Kilimanjaro and the programme is in both Hippo Valley and Triangle. The program is worth US$40m with 2 000 hectares now ready for planting.
    “Seventeen contractors were given work to clear the area, to do land preparation, construct roads and canals as well as dams. The program is aimed at empowering more indigenous farmers and it is on a cost recovery basis and the company will hand over the new fields to Government after completion” said Mhere.
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