CAPE TOWN – KwaZulu-Natal based agri-processing business, Tongaat Hulett on Tuesday announced that Project Kilimanjaro, which will result in the development of a significant portion of land to sugarcane, is on track.
The project, which is supported by the Government of Zimbabwe and a consortium of banks led by CABS and CBZ, will entail development of 3,362 hectares for sugarcane at Hippo Valley and Triangle Estates in Zimbabwe and will impact on the lives of previously disadvantaged indigenous communities.
“Once the land has been planted to sugarcane it will be handed over to government for allocation to approximately 200 new farmer beneficiaries,” Tongaat Hulett said in a statement.
"In the 2014 pilot phase, 203 hectares was developed. Sugarcane yields on the developed land are impressive, currently averaging 130 tons cane per hectare.
This partnership project, which was agreed to with the Zimbabwean Government in November last year, is on track to be completed by September 30, 2020.