Govt ap­points new CSC board

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THE Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the new Cold Stor­age Com­pany board that is ex­pected to spear­head command live­stock pro­gramme and im­prove the na­tional herd par­tic­u­larly in com­mu­nal ar­eas.

Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Joseph Made said the new board in­cluded three mem­bers from the Na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity Author­ity (NSSA) be­cause they had in­vested in CSC.

“The board is ex­pected to fo­cus on the strate­gic di­rec­tion of re-build­ing the na­tional herd so the coun­try could re­vive its beef ex­port mar­kets par­tic­u­larly in Europe and Asia.

“The new board should pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the com­mu­nal sec­tor, which holds the high­est num­bers of live­stock in terms of the beef sec­tor. Of the 5, 6 mil­lion herd of cat­tle, the big­gest num­ber comes from the com­mu­nal sec­tor.

“Of in­ter­est to this board is the gen­der bal­ance as Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture I ex­pect this board to deal with mat­ters that re­late to the man­age­ment in terms of re­sus­ci­tat­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties of the work­ers, pay­ing at­ten­tion to em­ploy­ment cre­ation,” he said.

Dr Made said CSC played a vi­tal role in Bu­l­awayo and other live­stock pro­duc­ing ar­eas as the ma­jor em­ployer.

“I hope the devel­op­ment of the live­stock through Command Agri­cul­ture will have a rip­ple ef­fect across the coun­try,” he said.

The board will be chaired by Mrs Sylvia Khu­malo Jiyane who is an old board mem­ber, dep­u­tized by Mr Nem­rod Chiminya who is a sea­soned tech­ni­cal per­son and also as­sist on the To­bacco In­dus­try and Mar­ket­ing Board.

Dr Made said Mr Chiminya would bring his ex­per­tise in to­bacco to as­sist in the live­stock sec­tor.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers are Mrs Emily Mum­bengegwi, Mr Peter Ny­oni, Mrs Ce­cilia Paradza, Mr Bekhithemba Nkomo, Dr Anx­ious Ma­suka, Mrs Ru­faro Mazunze, Mr Khod­holo Setaboli, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Dr Unesu Ushe­wokunze Oba­tolu and En­gi­neer Re­ston Muzamhindo.

Dr Made said Dr Oba­tolu would bring her vast knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in an­i­mal re­search while Mr Muzamhindo was an ex­pert in mech­a­ni­sa­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion devel­op­ment and CSC chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mr Ngoni Chinog­a­ramombe.

“I ex­pect to work with the new board and look­ing for­ward to mod­ernise CSC op­er­a­tions and sup­port farmers with small to large ma­chin­ery. Soon I will be meet­ing the new board.

“I am grate­ful to the old board for work­ing hard and I ap­pre­ci­ate their ef­forts. I hope we will turn around the for­tunes of CSC,” he said. — BH24.

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