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Kondozi in liquidation

Augustine Mukaro

KONDOZI Fresh Produce has been formally liquidated and is relocating to Mozambique and Zambia, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.

Helvetica, sans-serif”>In an exclusive interview this week, Kondozi majority shareholder, Edwin Masimba Moyo, said he had signed liquidation papers and the horticultural venture was now history.

“We will not waste anymore time on Kondozi in Odzi, Manicaland,” Moyo said. “I have been rendered a second class citizen in my country of origin so let the owners of the land take over while we take our business elsewhere.”

Moyo said Kondozi had secured vast stretches of land in both Mozambique and Zambia on which they had deployed management teams from the invaded Kondozi Farm.

“The Mozambique government has availed to us 800 hectares in the Manica Province where we will be starting operations soon.

“In Zambia, we have bought 2 000 hectares in the Gwembe Valley area. The project is equipped with state-of-the-art irrigation equipment, including 20 centre pivots,” he said.

Moyo said the donor community opposed to the violent seizure of Kondozi had availed US$30 million to kick-start similar projects in Zambia and Mozambique.

“More international organisations, including the Industrial Development Corporation-South Africa, Psom of the Netherlands, Tescos of the United Kingdom and Barclays Bank International, have agreed to put in substantial amounts as our projects make forays into the Sadc region,” Moyo said.

Moyo said his company had stopped construction of a packhouse that had been earmarked for Mutare. The packhouse should have housed horticulture and fresh produce handling facilities in preparation for shipment to export markets.

“The packhouse will soon be built in Manica, Mozambique, and it will be used as the hub of all our export activities,” he said.

The move into Gwembe Valley was a blessing because the temperatures allow for all-year production, he said.

“Gwembe Valley temperatures are very high, allowing production for the whole year, giving us an advantage over what we used to produce at Kondozi,” Moyo said.

Kondozi was invaded during the Easter holiday, violently throwing out over 4 500 workers from the farm village. The workers were left in the open by the roadside and without food.

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