Articles tagged 'agriculture'

Farmers shun insurance 9 May 2018 HARARE - Newly-resettled farmers continue to shun insurance products despite efforts by government and the corporate sector to provide cheaper programmes targeting the agriculture sector, industry experts have said. Zimbabwe’s insurance penetration rate, which reached a high of 10 percent in t...
Govt acts on 'rogue' tobacco buyers 7 May 2018 HARARE - The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has suspended the operations of tobacco buyers accused of giving farmers a raw deal. This comes amid disgruntlement and complains by frustrated farmers who are threatening to quit growing the crop, claiming they are being short-changed b...
Zim, India deal kicks off 26 April 2018 HARARE - The government is taking delivery of 500 light and heavy-duty tractors sourced from India under a government-to-government agreement. “We will soon be taking delivery of some tractors from India that were sourced under a government-to-government agreement though I cannot disclose the ...
Curechem launches irrigation project 25 April 2018 HARARE - Curechem Overseas (Private) Limited has launched an irrigation project in Mahusekwa, Mashonaland East Province, which is aimed at empowering poverty-stricken villagers. According to the company's group managing director Anup Chand, the project is part of their initiative to give back ...
'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 ...