ARDA ready to set pecan nut production in Matabeleland North province
The investor, Dr. Jeremy Hubert stated that planting on what will be Zimbabwe’s largest pecan nut plantation will start soon.
The Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) and an investing participant are ready to set a 250-hectare pecan nut plantation which will help to make Matabeleland North province the center for pecan nut production.
Arda Balu Estate in Umguza will take the first phase of the project and it will be executed with the planting of pecan plants amounting to around 10,000 on a land covering 100 hectares and the second phase will be implemented on a land of about 150 hectares.
The investor, Dr. Jeremy Hubert stated that planting on what will be Zimbabwe's largest pecan nut plantation will start soon.
Hubert also said, "The first phase will see the planting of around 10 000 plants on a land amounting to 100 hectares and we will also expand the project next year which will be the second phase of the project."
Mr. Basil Nyabadza, ARDA Board Chairperson said Matabeleland North Province will be altered into a center for pecan nut production.
Nyabadza stated, "This is a confirmation that the investors have confidence in the future of our country especially the drive to bring value to our resources as an entity."
The demand for pecan nuts in the international market has been inflated over the previous few years and South Africa is one of the largest producers of pecan nuts in the continent.