Soya bean contract schemes expanded
Oil expressers are expanding soya bean contract schemes in order to boost production of the key raw material which has been in short supply.
Inadequate supply of soya beans, a key raw material in the manufacture of cooking oil, has spurred manufacturers to contract more soya bean growers for the 2017/18 summer cropping season.
The initiatives began a few years ago to end reliance on imports.
Pure Oil Industries chief operating officer Mr Rody Musiiwa said the company has identified 2000 hectares of land this season for soya bean production, up from 1000 hectares last year.
Industry’s efforts will complement the command farming programme which is also targeting soya bean production.
Zimbabwe’s monthly cooking oil needs amount to 10 million litres but industry relies on crude oil imports to meet production needs.
In the 2015/16 farming season, local farmers produced 20 000 tonnes of soya beans which is far below the national requirement of 220 000 metric tonnes.