By Tamuka Charakupa
THE Government says it is impressed with the production levels at the Greenfuel plant in Chisumbanje following a familiarisation tour by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement, Honourable Dr Anxious Masuka this Friday.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chipinge-based ethanol giant GreenFuel says it has strived and is thanking the government for being proactive in the fight against the virus.
GreenFuel Managing Director, Conrad Rautenbach said the limited movement of vehicles has had a negative effect on the business outlook but maintained that the company has enough ethanol stock to meet the national demand.
“COVID-19 has not spared us just like anyone else in the country. Low traffic movement has been a blow to us but thankfully government is working flat out to get us back to normal.
“The silver lining is we have enough stock and reserve to meet the national demand,” said Rautenbach.
During a visit to the plant this Friday, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement, Dr Anxious Masuka said the national project should be rendered necessary support due to its impact on the economic development of the country.
“This is a national project which is critical to the economy. The impact of this project is felt by everyone who uses petrol and as such should be supported at all costs.
“They have maintained a steady supply of ethanol for blendor making sanitisers. Our local unity should actually embrace this project for their own benefit as well,” said Dr Masuka.
Meanwhile, the government introduced the 20% mandatory blending with the view to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as cut the fuel import bill.
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