Quantum leap for passion fruit farmers in Zimbabwe

by | Oct 28, 2021 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

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Yvonne Mutambwa

Zimbabwean passion fruit farmers are set to export their produce to highly remunerative markets in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. However the development is expected to play a major role in enhancing the country’s capacity to become upper middle -income economy by 2030 in Zimbabwe.

Presently local passion fruit farmers are exporting mainly to European Union markets. The chief executive officer of Green Afrique Technologies, an agricultural, marketing and research firm that is playing an upfront role in marketing and outgrowing of passion fruit in the country, Mr Anglistone Sibanda issued a statement on the signing of a deal between local farmers and a player in the Dubai market.

“We got an interesting deal that will see our farmers supplying the highly lucrative Dubai markets. Apart from the fact that the Dubai prices are more lucrative than the EU markets, we will also be exporting unlimited quantities of passion fruit,” alluded Mr Sibanda.

Furthermore, Farmgate, a company whose headquarters are in the United Arab Emirates through the local branch will be responsible for the handling and transportation of the passion fruit. Green Afrique Technologies is currently expanding its programme with a particular focus on emerging young farmers.

Mr Sibanda added, “the prices and the conditions are favourable to our farmers. All they need to do is produce…” An agribusiness development training and recruitment exercise will be held on 3 November in Harare.

” As private sector, we keep looking for such opportunities that enhance our economy. We are encouraging farmers to take part and make profits, create employment and contribute towards the realisation of National Development strategy 1,” said Mr Sibanda