Mabura Caves

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Mabura Guano Cave is a mine containing an accumulation of bat guano. It is located in Zhombe Mabura Ward 6 in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. [1] [2] It is one of the eight major reserves of organic fertilizers in Zimbabwe, that are still to be fully exploited. [3]

It is listed as a Geographical place in Zimbabwe, [4] and it is a natural monument, [5] according to the Zimbabwean law. [6]

It is located 2.5km south of the Munyati River and Ngondoma River confluence. [7] It is 6 and half kilometres west of SAMAMBWA Primary School [8] and 19 km north of Empress Mine.[ citation needed ]

According to the University of Guelph, (Canada) there is over two million tonnes of guano at Mabura Caves. [1]

The cave is believed to stretch for more than 60 km to as far as Copper Queen in Gokwe passing underneath Ngondoma River. [2]

Farmers in Zhombe East, Chief Samambwa's area particularly plot holders at Ngondoma Irrigation Scheme are the current immediate beneficiaries as guano is a highly effective fertilizer. It has very high content of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, the nutrients essential for growth in plants. [9] [10]

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  2. 1 2 Tinomuda Chakanyuka. (May 2015) Zhombe pins hope on bat poop The Sunday News. Opinion & Analysis. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  3. New ZIANA. Paragraph 3. 16 April 2013 Fertiliser plant spreads wings to Bindura....Mabura Caves in the Zhombe area of the Midlands Province. The Herald. Business. Retrieved 16 December 2015
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  7. All About Countries Guano Cave Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine
  8. All-about-countries Places Around Guano Cave_ Samambwa School (6.49km) Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 16 December 2015
  9. Barber B 1991 for crops/56zimbabwe.PDF | Rocks for Crops [ permanent dead link ] Phosphate resources of Zimbabwe. Fert. Res. 30:247-278
  10. Rocks for Crops pp323_