Zim cotton production to improve
Indranil Dutta, general manager of the Grafax operation at Sanyati, 250 km south-west of the capital Harare said in an interview that construction of the oil refinery and soap plant started in November 2005 and would be completed in April (2006). “We have the capacity to produce 10 000 litres of oil per day. The residue of the oil is used for soap,” Dutta said, adding that 100 people have been employed for the construction work. “We have distributed cotton seed and chemicals to farmers and we are hoping for a good harvest,” he said. Local councillor Wilson Muteshe hailed the project for creating employment and lowering crime in the area. Despite shortages of fertiliser and incessant rain, Zimbabwe is expecting to produce between 500 000 and 750 000 tonnes of cotton this year, up from 200 000 tonnes last year when there was a drought.