A CHICKEN farm owned by central bank governor Gideon Gono was gutted by fire on Wednesday, the second time in under two months that the property has suffered a suspected arson attack.
Management said they had yet to determine the extent of the damage caused by the fire which started at around 5pm and spread over five hectares of land before it was put out by Harare's fire services.
The farm, which is located just outside Harare along Mutoko Road produces about 300,000 day-old chicks every week.
"The fire is said to have started at around five and fortunately the wind direction saved the buildings from being burnt. We are still assessing the damage and we are yet to inform Dr Gono, who is the principle investor," chief operating officer, Velenjani Lupankwa, told the Herald newspaper.
"We cannot rule out foul play because there was no electrical fault and the location of the fire makes us think that they were targeting the heart of our breeding programme, that is the area where we get 300 000 day-old chicks every week.
"Had it been burnt that would have meant being out of business for more than a year. The poultry industry countrywide would be affected as we contribute a major stake as far as day-old chicks are concerned."
Equipment worth some $30,000 was said to have been destroyed in another suspected arson attack at the same property in July this year.