Checheche Growth Point has come alive with housing construction and service industries mushrooming at a rapid pace. Irrigation schemes are now visible, roads are being maintained, bridges being repaired, boreholes being sunk, schools and hospitals getting different forms of assistance, business is on a steady rise, while the demand for residential space is increasing by the day. Villagers in Chisumbanje and Middle Sabi areas of Chipinge District are a living testimony of this reality of life. The project has changed their lives for the better socially and economically. In the first phase of the project, Green Fuel employed about 5 people. At least 1 hectares of irrigated cane has been developed and they are benefiting more than 4 families.
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Without wasting time, we got into the business of the day by sitting down for breakfast at the Middle Sabi guest lodge. Chisumbanje; the larger of the two and the operations base for Green Fuel is approximately 40 Hectares. Soon after recharging on breakfast, we set off for Chisumbanje which besides being huge is also the site for the Ethanol processing plant. I remember sharing a light moment with Lilian and Limbikani on how the Ethanol plant looked like a NASA launch pad or something of that sort.
It truly was an eyeful as we drove closer and closer to it. The first impression l got upon arriving at the plant was of being stationed at an army base as it really was all serious business. Over a thousand construction workers busily going about their duties while Lillian showed us around.
An example of this can be found in the handful of Brazilians we saw around the plant and at the guest lodge. Green Fuel is working with the very best to build its business, for the benefit of not just Chisumbanje but the nation. The Ethanol plant is built right on the sugarcane estate. Lilian began by pointing out a couple of facts to us:. All these facts coming at once were quite overwhelming as we moved around the plant. The watering system the plantation uses pumps water directly from the Save River, from there on it goes into water reservoirs which then distribute to canals running through the plantation and a backup water storage facility.
As lunchtime approached, we finally got to sit down with Graeme and discussed the finer details of the project. Africa is well position to lead the green movement. After an hour long interview with Graeme we proceeded to find a good internet connection to upload pictures. For more information on Green Fuel, a podcast of the interview will be posted later today. A picture album can also be found on the Techzim Facebook page.
If anything goes wrong, click here to enter your query. Actually i withdraw my earlier comment, these guys are actually NOT green, they dofuckool about social responsibility or environmental responsibility besides claims of employement for locals which possibly are being paid peanuts. They are taking villagers lands and digging up graveyards etc. These guys are NOT green all, they raised the ire of villagers by digging up graves to make way for their expansion, is that social or corporate responsibility?
They talk of giving jobs to the community, but exactly how many jobs and how much is each member of the community earning? Mr editor, we need fair coverage of issues. Do not be used by Green fuel for their publicity. They take you to hotels the expense of villagers who are supposed to be long term beneficiaries.
Lets have responsible journalism. Hie Muzukuru, we appreciate the fact that you have aired out your opinion. Our experience was exactly as we put it. My ire with your article is the lack of research especially on the social impact and environmental impact of such a project of which any reader would be intrested in knowing.
The picture your article paints is that its all rosy in Chisumbanje. I say NO, strive to give the correct picture when you are reporting on these issues. Referring me to their offices does not justify your writing a unbalanced article. I have a problem with your unless you are saying they wrote this article for you guys and all you did was rubber stamp. When you write such unbalanced articles you make it hard for us to believe you are independent, are you being paid to write about Green Fuel?
Are you being used by companies as a marketing vehicle? We need to know that the articles you guys are writing are well balanced and researched articles which leaves us consumers well informed! Please help me get a way into touring the plant. I am trying to get in touch with the people on the ground but most of them seem to be too too busy. Skip to content advertisement.
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An overview of the Chisumbanje Green Fuel ethanol project
Without wasting time, we got into the business of the day by sitting down for breakfast at the Middle Sabi guest lodge. Chisumbanje; the larger of the two and the operations base for Green Fuel is approximately 40 Hectares. Soon after recharging on breakfast, we set off for Chisumbanje which besides being huge is also the site for the Ethanol processing plant. I remember sharing a light moment with Lilian and Limbikani on how the Ethanol plant looked like a NASA launch pad or something of that sort. It truly was an eyeful as we drove closer and closer to it. The first impression l got upon arriving at the plant was of being stationed at an army base as it really was all serious business.
Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant: Hope for the future
Chisumbanje is an area in the Province of Manicaland , Zimbabwe. It is situated in Chipinge District , one of the seven districts in Manicaland Province. Chisumbanje is under Chief Garahwa. Besides entertaining villagers, it is also used as a source of unity and love among the locals. The area is arid because it lies in a valley and crop yields are generally poor thus it is prone to food insecurities. It is totally different from the other northern part of Chipinge district which lies in Zimbabwe's region one. In terms of population distribution, Chipinge is rural whereas Chisumbanje has a population of about people.
Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje ethanol plant – Politics and other stories
Project Description The project entails construction of an ethanol production facility, in the Chisumbanje area, in the south-eastern province of Manicaland. The ethanol will be produced using sugar cane grown at separate estates in Chisumbanje and Middle Sabi. It will feature a boiler section, a mill plant, a generating plant and an ethanol distillery chamber. A total of 50 ha is being considered for sugar cane plantation, of which 10 ha will belong to local farmers. At full capacity, the entire ethanol scheme will produce three-million litres of ethanol and MW of electricity a day. This amount covers the construction of the plant, roads, two dams and rural development projects. Duration The Chisumbanje plant is expected to be completed by March