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MINISTER of Youths, Indigenisation and Development Chris Mushohwe has proposed that youths should take over the troubled firm Cairns Holdings’ subsidiary, Cairns Foods, whose operations are in Mutare.

Mushohwe made the remarks during a party rally to drum up support for the ZANU-PF candidate for Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency, Esau Mupfumi.

He said indigenising Cairns Foods and other companies in Mutare would create employment for jobless youths.

“We know our youths are having challenges in finding employment after they finished school. But as government we are proposing to allocate companies to our youths.

“If we indigenise companies in Mutare and give them to our youths, this will be progressive in terms of employment creation. We could take Cairns and pass it to our youths. This will further support small-holders farmers in Cashel Valley and Rusitu as well as revive irrigation schemes in Nyanyadzi, Mutema and Gudyanga,” said Mushohwe.

He said this would further revive “our province and its economy with government seriously making plans in that direction”.

Prior to the July 31, 2013 elections, ZANU- PF promised to create 2,2 million jobs if voted into power.

However, the party is yet to fulfil its electoral promises, and more jobs have been lost after company closures since the elections.

Fears are that the indegenisation is likely to unsettle investors, who were keen to buy into Cairns Holdings’ currently under judicial management.

This will further prolong the company’s financial crisis at a time it was slowly coming out of the woods.

The food and beverage manufacturer has been making strides to boost its operations.

Cairns, which used to employ 600 workers, is now operating at 25 percent capacity with a mere 80 workers.

Before the economic meltdown, Cairns used to buy Haricot Beans (Michigan P Beans) from 10 000 small holder farmers in Cashel Valley, Nyanyadzi as well as Gudyanga, Mutema and Tanganda Irrigation Schemes in Chipinge.

Source : Financial Gazette