Writes Elvis Dumba
Chinhoyi – An international agriculture company has been attracted to the country by Zimbabwe’s favourable climatic conditions and investment environment.
Right Seeds, an Indian-based horticulture seed manufacturing company intends to set a base in the country.
This was revealed by Right Seeds Company Indian Director, Annirudha Tinali, when he led local and Indian-based delegations for a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon Marian Chombo.
The company, which specializes in horticulture seed manufacturing such as okra, cucumber tomatoes, and watermelon seed among other seeds seeks to set a base in Mashonaland West Province.
“The positive investment environment in the country is one of the key factors that attracted us to come and invest in the country. We intend to grow and make Mashonaland West Province one of the best horticulture exporters in the country. We are impressed by the support and willingness of the Minister of State to help us in setting up our base,” Tinali said.
Tinashe Mandishona, the company’s local-based Director, said they intend to help communities accelerate the achievement of their targeted national development strategy goals.
“Our Investment is looking at growing employment through the value supply chain and knowledge advancement of local small-scale farmers. Mashonaland West attracted us due to its amazing weather conditions,” he said in an interview.
An interesting type of seed they produce is a watermelon seed that yields watermelons that have a black outside color whilst red inside.
Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon Marian Chombo welcomed the investors and urged them to bring value to the local communities.
“We expect you to go further than setting up a base in the country. You need to empower the local communities through knowledge sharing and infrastructure development in the communities you intend to operate in,” she said.