CSC beef export deal thrown into doubt

Loughty Dube

THE COLD Storage Company (CSC)’s US$15 million deal to export beef to Malaysia is in trouble as Malaysian businessmen failed to turn up for a final inspection of processing faci

lities, the Zimbabwe Independent has established.


The delegation of businesspeople was expected in the country last month for a final look at the CSC’s abattoirs before concluding the deal to export an annual quota of 5 000 tonnes of beef.


The deal also faces a fresh set of problems after the outbreak of foot and mouth on farms close to Harare.


CSC acting chief executive officer Ngoni Chinogaramombe last week travelled to Malaysia in a bid to resuscitate the flagging export deal.


Chinogaramombe confirmed the trip but could not shed further light. He promised to respond later to questions sent to him by the Independent a fortnight ago.


However sources told this newspaper that the sporadic outbreaks of the contagious foot and mouth disease in the last two months was the main reason for the non-appearance of the Malaysians.