Articles tagged 'agriculture'

'No compensation for farmers' 14 March 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwean government says it has no capacity to compensate farmers who lose their crops to natural disasters and veld fires. Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, pictured, said farmers should take appropriate insurance cover to mitigate risks associated with harsh weather pattern...
Huge boost for white farmers 11 February 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has taken further steps towards compensating white farmers whose farms were seized during the chaotic agrarian reforms of 18 years ago when it on Friday appointed chairperson of the Compensation Committee that will spearhead the process. Gover...
Crop situation in Zim critical 30 January 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces prospects of food insecurity due to a prolonged dry spell, with crops in some parts of the country showing signs of severe moisture stress. The parchedness could leave millions of Zimbabweans in need of food assistance at a time when the country is in the throes of a fo...
Evicted white farmers bounce back 29 October 2017 HARARE - White Zimbabwean commercial farmers who were driven off their land during President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land seizures are coming back through joint venture arrangements and are also producing cash crops such as tobacco and soya beans mostly under contract farming. Zimbabwe h...
EASTERN NEWS | Green Fuel, farmers clash 12 October 2017 MUTARE - Green Fuel (GF) has come under heavy criticism from irate farmers and grain millers for undermining winter wheat crop in Middle Sabi by refusing to cull millions of quelea birds that roost in the ethanol producer's sugar cane plantations. GF — co-owned by government — is blocking the ...
Farmers cry foul over water theft 6 October 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) is struggling to contain rampant illegal water abstraction along rivers and irrigation canals in the Lowveld, resulting in the parastatal losing substantial revenue. According to the Water Act (2002), all individuals, organisations and com...
Cabinet orders GMB to accept grain transparently 3 October 2017 HARARE - Cabinet has directed the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to accept grain from farmers in an open and transparent manner, following reports that people were actually paying to get their grain accepted by the country’s granary. This comes amid reports that some grain was rejected in order f...
'Climate change threatens food production' 19 September 2017 HARARE - Government has warned that without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in some parts of the country. Maize is most at risk. Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (pictured) told delegates at ...
'GMB silos not yet full' 11 September 2017 HARARE - Despite government claims of a bumper harvest, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) silos in various provinces are not yet full with the national granary still accepting grain from farmers. This comes amid claims by proponents of Command Agriculture and Presidential Input Scheme that GMB d...
Are we ready for farming season? 6 September 2017 HARARE - How time flies! Only around this time last year, Zimbabweans were not so sure what the heavens had in store for them after going through consecutive drought periods the previous years that left millions in need of food aid. Just as well, the heavens opened during the 2016/17 farming s...
Agriculture runs $120m budget deficit 1 September 2017 HARARE - Although Zimbabwe experienced improved harvest due to Command Agriculture, estimates suggest that government budget deficit will increase by nearly $120m this year due to a maize subsidy. At least 45 000 farmers have registered for maize and soya bean production under Command Agricult...
Minister grabs white farmer's downsized farm 30 August 2017 HARARE - A Marondera white farmer, Stephen Worswick, has dragged deputy Foreign Affairs minister Edgar Mbwembwe to the High Court accusing him of grabbing his farm at gunpoint. Worswick also wants Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora to give him an offer letter for his Chipunga Farm. In the ap...
Govt urged to embrace GMOs 28 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has been urged to embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce crop production costs. This comes as government has remained rigidly averse to GM crops, commonly known as GMOs, despite genetic engineering making a rapid entry into agriculture in other...
Govt funds another dam in Masvingo 25 August 2017 HARARE - Government is funding the long-delayed Runde-Tende mega dam project in Masvingo, with work beginning soon, Agriculture deputy minister Davis Marapira has said. He told a Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) and Zimbabwe Agricultural Society breakfast meeting on Tuesday that th...
Gokwe regains place as top cotton producer 25 August 2017 HARARE - Gokwe has regained its lost status as the country’s principal cotton producing district after delivering a staggering 31 million kg of the crop so far. Statistics released by the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) for August show that 60 million kg of the cash crop was delivered t...
Zim misses tobacco target 22 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to miss its tobacco 200 million kilogrammes target after farmers delivered 186,3 million kg of the golden leaf on Day 105 compared to 200 million kg delivered in the same period last year. At its peak, in 2000, the country produced 237 million kg before hitting an all-...
Zim tobacco sales down 7,3pc 11 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean farmers sold 184,5 million kg of the nation’s top export earner tobacco by day 99 of the selling season, which is 7,3 percent lower compared to 199,1 million kg received in  prior year, official data showed. Statistics from industry regulator Tobacco Industry and Marketing ...
Govt maintains $390/tonne maize price 28 July 2017 HARARE - Government will maintain the $390 per tonne maize price under its Command Agriculture programme in the 2017/2018 agricultural season despite it being the highest in southern Africa. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa defended the price. “You are quite right about raising opportunit...
'Farmers to deliver 1m tonnes of maize by Sept' 17 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean farmers are expected to deliver 1 million tonnes of maize to the State grain agency by September, Davis Marapira, deputy Agriculture minister responsible for cropping has said. Marapira said the government-run Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which in the past has struggled to ...
Senate ratifies $20m Zim, Kuwait irrigation deal 17 July 2017 HARARE - The Senate has ratified a $20 million agreement between Zimbabwe and Kuwait to develop the Zhove Irrigation Project in Beitbridge. Acting Finance and Economic Development minister Joseph Made tabled the loan agreement for ratification in the Senate last week.  He said the loan agre...
Jonathan Moyo: Rebel without a cause or voice of reason? 17 July 2017 HARARE - In a bid to stem the factional fights spiralling out of control in his party, President Robert Mugabe barred his quarrelling cadres from using social media to air their views. In spite of the ban, more and more of his officials have fallen in love with social media, principally Twitter ...
Graft destroys agric potential 17 July 2017 HARARE - Agriculture has always been the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s economy, with crops like tobacco, cotton and maize proving to be major foreign currency earners as well as citizens’ livelihoods. However, over the years, tobacco and cotton farmers have been crying foul as a result of the behavio...
Govt to install maize dryers at GMB 15 July 2017 HARARE - Government will start drying maize grain to prevent spoilage during storage, Agriculture minister Joseph Made has told Senate. This comes after the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has tightened its grain moisture guidelines for maize bought, discounting corn with grain moisture above 12.5...
Zim's tobacco exports tumble 13 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's tobacco export earnings tumbled two percent to $266 million by July 7 on lower prices and demand, an industry official said. Tobacco is Zimbabwe's single largest export commodity, ahead of platinum and gold. Andrew Matibiri, general manager at Tobacco Industry and Market...
Zim agriculture production to decline 22 June 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's agricultural production is expected to significantly decline in the next two years due to changing weather patterns and lack of strong economic policies. In its 2017 Zimbabwe Economic Update released yesterday, the World Bank (WB) said the country's economic growth will als...