CIT-CHEM Packshed is a Mvurwi-based fruit packaging company. It is exporting 100,000 cartons of citrus fruits annually to countries in the Middle and Far East. This development bears testimony to how the national export strategy, in line with the National Development Strategy 1(2021-205), which is the Government's medium term economic plan, is bearing fruits.
As CIT-CHEM Packshed is exporting oranges, lemons and naartjies, the company is striving to penetrate the Chinese market. Cit -Chem technical director Ian Waters said his company was receiving fruits from farms in Concession, Mazowe, Guruve, Foresters Estates and in Marondera.
"Our market is mainly the Middle and Far East into countries like Singapore and Hong Kong. We are trying to penetrate the Chinese market," Waters said. "We need more fruits because the scale for production is key in lowering our cost. One of our challenges is that our main machinery is old, it was bought in 1998. The machine is now obsolete and there are no more spares for it. We are sourcing for USS400 000 to purchase another machine from China."
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