Harare, 18 March, 2022 / 2:19 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Church farms in Zimbabwe are expected to become more viable by growing crops that will later be canned or crushed to produce jam after members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) signed a contract with Cashel Valley, a Zimbabwean food company.
The contract between Cashel Valley and ZCBC was reached through the Stellar Mundi Industrial Hub, an economy value chain of the Catholic Bishops that was launched in November 2021 to help promote self-sustainability among the people of God in the Southern African nation.
“Stellar Mundi and Cashel Valley have signed an agreement that will contribute greatly to the well-being and viability of our Church and Community farms. It will also impact the Church’s ability to run its institutions of health and education with positive social impact on our communities,” ZCBC members say in their statement circulated Friday, March 18.
They add that the signed deal “means that our Church and Community farms will be out to profitable and productive use to grow the contracted products required by Cashel Valley for their products because a percentage of the selling price of their products will be given to the Church on the sale of their products.”
In addition to this, Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe say the signed deal will support many jobs on Catholic and Community farms.