BY SILAS NKALA
At least 18 youths from Beitbridge are set to receive training to operate dairy processing plants in the United States following the intervention of a Botswana-based businessman.
Beitbridge East MP Albert Nguluvhe (Zanu PF) said he had teamed up with Zimbabwe-born businessman Philemon Matibe, who owns Milk Africa, to run the programme.
Milk Africa is a natural dairy and milk producing company with operations in Botswana.
“In terms of employment creation, I have identified a sponsor to take 18 youths from Beitbridge East to the US,” Nguluvhe said.
“These youths will undergo a two-year training on how to operate processing plants for dairy products after which they will come back to work at the firm.
“The company is expected to start operations in our constituency in due course.
“I engaged Matibe who grew up here under my guidance to sponsor the youth. He runs Milk Africa and his plans are to open a similar dairy company here.”
Nguluvhe said Matibe was once based in the United States where he established contacts in the dairy industry.
“He has since indicated that he wants to partner with a Kwekwe-based dairy firm and has all along been taking youth to the US for training to operate dairy products processing plants.
“The youth are set to leave the country sometime in January 2020. We interviewed 39 candidates, but only 18 qualified to go for training.
“The next thing is to process their passports and apply for their visas.”
Nguluvhe said Beitbridge was one of the districts hardest hit by droughts and there was need to find mitigation measures.
“The major problem we need to address collectively and urgently is drought in the rural areas,” he said.
“We need to come up with quick win mitigation measures to complement the current government efforts on the ground.
“My door is always open for those who have ideas on how we can address challenges in our community.
“These vary from shortage of schools clinics, lack of employment, poor mobile communications and radio and television reception, water and sanitation and rehabilitation of irrigation projects.”