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Harare - Zimbabwe's new state-owned diamond miner has produced 513 000 carats since March when it started operations after the government ordered all mining companies to halt work in the Marange fields, its acting CEO said on Monday.

The government on February 22 evicted all diamond mining firms in the Marange fields in eastern Zimbabwe saying their licences had expired and after they declined to merge under the state-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC).

Ridge Nyashanu, ZCDC acting chief executive, told a parliamentary committee that the company was mining from two concessions and exploring another two previously owned by firms ejected from Marange. The firms did not oppose their eviction.

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