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    Tongaat spends $2m on starving cattle




    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI
    – Tongaat Hullet Zimbabwe (THZ) has spent $2 million buying cattle that were starving in Masvingo and the programme has contributed immensely to the serving of the national herd.
    The cattle were bought in January 2016 alone.
    This was said by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Responsible for Livestock Paddy Zhanda during the handover of 100 heifers to Cold Storage Commission (CSC) by Tongaat Hullet at Triangle Livestock Section on Tuesday.
    Zhanda said Tongaat played a pivotal role in Masvingo province during the peak of drought when it embarked on buying thousands of starving livestock from surrounding communities.
    He said the province has 15 000 cattle that died due to El-nino and the province could have been the biggest casualty if it was not for the sugar-milling company`s intervention in mopping up the affected cattle.
    Zhanda praised THZ `s Private Public Partnership with CSC for the good results towards the resuscitation of the national herd as well as changing the fortunes of the struggling CSC.
    "Firstly I want to thank Tongaat Hullet for the intervention they did in mopping up cattle affected by El-nino drought. It is recorded that 15 000 cattle in Masvingo succumbed to drought and if it was not for the intervention the province was going to be the biggest casualty to drought in the country as more cattle were going to die. CSC is on its knees at the moment but as government we have a proposal and after many years the company should start running again. This is the beginning of a genetic breeding system aimed at increasing the national herd which stands at 5,5million. Tongaat Hullet is one good example of a company which always enters  into partnerships with public companies and this is one of the good examples which is aimed at increasing the national herd" said Zhanda.
    Tongaat Hullet Director Sydney Mutsambiwa said his company entered into a partnership with CSC after pastures for grazing its livestock diminished due to drought and CSC leased its Chivumburu Ranch in Mwenezi to Tongaat for 10 years. He said the partnership agreement involves paying of rentals in form of heifers from the progeny off-breeding cows which enables the two organisations to enhance livestock production throughout Masvingo province and red zone areas and to further expand the two organisations` commitment and involvement with the National Livestock Improvement Initiative proposed by government in 2007.
    He also said the provision of improved beef genetics and breeding stock for increased beef production to the surrounding communities of Chivumburu and THZ will broaden CSC and Tongaat`s corporate social and economic development agenda of food security and improved livelihoods.
    The heifers handed over to CSC were then given to 8 farmers who have farms in Mwenezi with the highest getting 15 heifers. The farmers will use the heifers to increase their breeding base and will pay CSC after a certain period.local news 

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