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Transport Commodity Trading (TCT) Indústrias Florestais is to spend between three and four million dollars in the next three years on a limestone project in Catapú, in the Cheringoma district of Sofala, using limestone for soil acidity correction and to supply calcium and magnesium for plant nutrition.
Still in the prospecting phase for quality and quantity evaluation, the project expects that limestone mixed into soil will increase the availability of nutrients to plants, in addition to maximising the effect of fertilisers.
James White, manager of TCT Indústrias Florestais, said that if the prospecting results proved viable, his company would invest in machinery for processing the ore.
“We want to provide limestone for the agriculture sector to help increase the productive capacity of the land. We will not be producing ore for the cement industry, which already receives supplies from Muanza limestone,” he said.
He pointed to the railroad and highway near the exploration area as important factors, saying that “the company wants to substantially increase the productive capacity of the soil both here and in other provinces”.
White, a Zimbabwean national, settled in Sofala in 1988, dealing in wood. In 1992, after the signing of the General Peace Agreement, he bought a sawmill from the state at public auction.
In order to feed the sawmill, White took on the Catapú concession, where, besides cutting and processing wood, he developed a nascent tourist industry in an area recovering from a lack of visitors caused by ongoing political-military tension.