However, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry ofAgriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Sophia Kaduma said the ministry is following up the matter to make sure all legal claims from the farmers are paid. Earlier, Mr Chibulunje claimed he was following up the claims to Cetawico management but he was not successful.
"The investor does not cooperate. Even when we send him a letter, he does not reply. We do not know where he gets this arrogance," he complained adding such issues were discouraging wananchi who had ventured into grape farming so as to relieve themselves from poverty.
Reading development report of the district, the
She said in 2012/2013 red grapes were sold at 800/- per kilogramme and white grapes went for 1,200/- per kilogramme in the market, but Cetawico which was the biggest buyer offered less than the market price.
She said Cetawico offered 700/- per kilogramme for red grapes and 850/- per kilogramme for white grapes. She said up to now the farmers claim about 25.2m/- from the wine making company which are payments for grapes sold to the company from the previous harvesting season.
The District Commissioner said the
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