Church Farms in Zimbabwe to Be More Viable after Bishops Sign Deal with Canned Food Entity

A hand tractor used for ploughing at St. Albert’s farm Zimbabwe. Credit: Catholic Churchnews Zimbabwe

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. 


“What all this means is that any purchase of Cashel Valley or Harvest products is not only a good and healthy choice, but it also supports our Church farms, creates many jobs and brings money to the Church to finance our missions nationwide,” ZCBC members say. 

In the 2 November 2021 statement announcing the launch of the Stellar Mundi Industrial Hub, Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe said the initiative will help Zimbabweans access affordable and quality inputs. 

ZCBC members added that the Hub “will add value to most of the value chain agricultural output into branded consumer goods that will be marketed nationally and exported into the region.”

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe further said that Stellar Mundi Industrial Hub would empower the faithful in the Southern African nation to “build the Church”.

In their March 18 statement signed by ZCBC President, Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu, the Catholic Bishops call on the faithful to support the Church by purchasing products that have been registered under Stellar Mundi Industrial Hub

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“The Church is asking everyone to join the Bishops to ensure that we opt for Cashel Valley and Harvest products in our homes, institutions and missions; and to encourage our family and friends to do likewise,” ZCBC members say. 

They add that those at the helm of Catholic missions, Church and community leaders, company and institution leaders, individuals and household leaders are especially important in making decisions that will promote purchase of the products. 

“We look forward to your usual support at Diocese, Deanery, Parish, Section, family, community and individual level so that together: We Build Our Church and Community, one product at a time!” ZCBC members say in the March 18 statement obtained by ACI Africa.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.