Authoritative sources said the proposed dairy processing venture, toÃ¢â‚¬Â¨be called Alpha Dairy, has been on the cards since the 2009 debacleÃ¢â‚¬Â¨when Swiss food giant, Nestle, suspended milk purchases Ã¢â‚¬Â¨under pressure from international human rights groups.
“The state-of-the-art plant is the real reason why more than 80 newlyÃ¢â‚¬Â¨resettled farmers were forcibly removed from farms in the Mazowe areaÃ¢â‚¬Â¨last month,” a source said this week.
The official explanation for the evictions was the affected farmersÃ¢â‚¬Â¨were destroying the environment by engaging in gold panning activities,
The sources said equipment for the dairy had already been importedÃ¢â‚¬Â¨from South Africa at an estimated cost of about $15 million.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨When completed, the plant is expected to manufacture dairyÃ¢â‚¬Â¨products such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yoghurt.
Nestle bowed to international pressure in October 2009 after a globalÃ¢â‚¬Â¨consumer boycott. Problems for the Grace Mugabe-run Gushungo were compounded by theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨failure by former parastatal, Dairibord Zimbabwe Limited, to satisfyÃ¢â‚¬Â¨demand for dairy products due to cashflow problems.Post published in: News