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    Sugar cutting stops as Hippo Valley mills break down


    Business came to a halt for more than two days at Tongaat Hulett`s Hippo Valley mills in Chiredzi last week after the plant experienced its worst breakdown in many years.
    Most farmers attributed the breakdown to lack of renewal and maintenance of equipment due to loss of investor confidence attributed to greed politics.
    Tongaat Hulett`s Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager Adelaide Chikunguru confirmed the developments.
    The breakdown down saw the company and its out-growers in Hippo Valley and Mkwasine suspending the cutting of sugarcane.
    "We are worried by what we are now seeing at our mill. It has been down for more than two days and we have never seen this for years. This is a sign of the effects of our policies as a country which fail to give guarantee to investors that their investments are safe.
    "We are severely affected as farmers, our cane is losing weight on its way to the mill due to these delays," said a Hippo Valley farmer who requested not to be named.
    Chikunguru confirmed that the Hippo Valley Mill was down for two days but said it was a minor issue which was quickly attended to by the company`s engineering experts. She said it is business as usual and that will not affect their operations. business news

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