Man, this is how Zimbabwe is keeping fruit farmers on the go

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Man, this is how Zimbabwe is keeping fruit farmers on the go

A processing plant in Gokwe is helping mango farmers deal with glut by drying the fruit for local and export markets

Lungelo Ndhlovu

Before agronomist Peter Sena retired, he planted a variety of mango trees on his rural homestead in Zimbabwe’s Midlands province, aiming to ensure an ongoing income for his family.

This year, an unusually wet rainy season combined with coronavirus restrictions that closed down most markets in the country threatened to leave him with a bumper harvest — and nobody to sell it to.

But a new dried fruit processing centre, which opened in the nearby town of Gokwe in November, means Sena can save his mangoes from spoiling and turn them into a product that can be shipped to buyers around the country and abroad...

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