Zimbabwe: Massive Citrus Venture Takes Off

Toppick Investments has embarked on a massive citrus production at its Zhovhe Farm in Beitbridge that will see the organisation planting 277 000 orange trees in the next three years.

The company’s chief executive officer, Mr Danisa Moyo, said on Friday last week that they had since constructed a 9km by 500 mm pipeline to boost the new citrus farming and horticulture business.

He was speaking during the tour of the high-integrated farm by Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Anxious Masuka.

Mr Moyo said they were importing the citrus propagating material in batches from South Africa.

“We have completed constructing a pipeline from Zhovhe Dam to boost irrigation development and we have set our eyes on citrus production, which has high returns on both the local and export markets. The citrus project will cover 1 000 hectares and our plan is to plant 277 000 orange trees by 2023,” he said.

“So far, we have started planting and our target for this year is 88 000. We aim to plant 94 500 in the coming year and also an equal number in 2023”.

Mr Moyo said they were now at the final stage of installing a micro jet citrus irrigation system.

He said they were also planting wheat, maize, soya beans, tomatoes, and groundnuts in other sections of the farm. The CEO said since operations began around 2015, they had acquired 17 irrigation pivots to enhance crop production throughout the year.