This comes soon after another threat early this year where the government had indicated it would acquire 400 hectares for resettlement from the same estate which is a hub of the company’s poultry and cropping business.
The acquisition will see the estate losing 1 300 hectares out of a total of 2 200 hectares which company CEO Steve Kuipa says will negatively affect the group across all its business divisions.
Other business divisions of the group include Suncrest Chickens, Hubbard Zimbabwe, Crest Breeders, Agrifoods, Vetco, and Agrimix, whose operations Kuipa said were directly linked to the Glenara Estate.
Kuipa said the company’s expansion project to increase its poultry unit to 60 000 broilers per cycle would also be incalculably disturbed as the area the government is eyeing is where the water source for the project and chicken runs are located.
The company invested US$2 million in the project to construct environmentally-controlled houses with a capacity to hold 40 000 birds.
The structures after completion will reduce the poultry mortality rate to below 5%, which currently is 10%. At the moment, CFI is using open-sided facilities.
Kuipa said his company borrowed US$3,8 million from PTA Bank, which was to be paid over five years for the project.
The remaining US$1,4 million of the borrowed money will be spent on upgrading the Victoria Foods plant, while the US$400 000 will go towards upgrading Hubbard hatchery in Beatrice.
The estate also has 714 hectares under commercial maize, 270 hectares under soya beans, 33 hectares under seed maize and 50 hectares under sugar beans.
Mashonaland Central governor Advocate Martin Dinha, however, said he would engage government to consider acquiring less than 500 hectares as the estate was one of the most viable and sustainable remaining agriculture structures in the country.
Dinha said the government plan on the estate was to give individuals 20 hectares of land on a contractual basis which would see them contributing to the production estate.
The governor said the expansion of Harare residential area towards Mashonaland Central was threatening agriculture as it continues to reduce productive farming land in the area.
“As Mashonaland Central we don’t see any rationale in Harare residential areas expanding towards us to disturb sustainable agriculture structures like Glenara Estates. City authorities must consider vertical expansion,” Dina said.