Platinum miner Zimplats Holdings on Thursday handed over a dairy parlour project worth over US$500 000 to the Gwebi College of Agriculture, which will enhance its ability to generate revenue through increased commercial milk sales.
Commissioning the facility, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said the college will also supply neighbouring communities with milk. He said in a speech read on his behalf by Lands and Agriculture minister Anxious Masuka:
As part of the partnership agreement, Gwebi Agricultural College will empower local communities by taking groups from the community for training on better management of herd health, and for training on the concept of rearing rural cattle for commercial purposes.
I am reliably informed that Zimplats invested over half a million United States dollars towards infrastructural development and refurbishment of this facility. It is at the back of such investments that we are seeing a positive recovery of the country’s dairy sector.
The milking parlour has the capacity to milk 64 cows per hour and 300 cows per session.
Palmline Investments also donated 20 Holstein in-calf cows to the college to boost their dairy herd.
Zimplats embarked on a cattle ranching and dairy project through a joint venture project with Palmline Investments that was officially launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Ngezi on 26 August 2021.
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