Harare, 02 January, 2022 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Thousands of hectares of Catholic Church farms in Zimbabwe are to be put into “profitable and productive use” by growing millions of kilograms of wheat to be used for the production of bread in the Southern African nation, a statement by Catholic Bishops indicates.
The decision to have the Catholic Church and community farms for wheat production was reached after members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) signed a contract to supply wheat flour for bread with Lobels Bread.
The contract between Lobels Bread and ZCBC was reached through the Stellar Mundi Industrial Hub, an economy value chain of the Catholic Bishops that was launched earlier this month to help promote self-sustainability among the people of God in the Southern African nation.
“Stellar Mundi and Lobels have signed an agreement that will have far reaching impact on the well-being of the Church and the viability of Church and Community farms. It will impact the Church’s ability to run its institutions of health and education with huge positive social impact in our communities,” ZCBC members say in their Sunday, November 28 statement.
“The Lobels alliance means that thousands of hectares of Church and Community farms will be put to profitable and productive use to grow the contracted millions of kgs of wheat required to supply the flour that Lobels needs to bake its bread and rolls,” Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe say in the statement that is to be read out in all Catholic Parishes in the country every Sunday of Advent this year.