Articles tagged 'command agriculture'

Forex shortages threaten Command Agriculture 1 September 2018 HARARE - The country's food security is under threat this year amid revelations that government is facing a critical shortage of foreign currency which is required for Zimbabwe's main agro-import substitution programme — Command Agriculture. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration has pl...
Tycoon causes govt shutdown 18 May 2018 HARARE – The death of businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei's father dealt a major blow on government business this week as virtually all ministers abandoned their workstations to attend his burial — in a development that also paralysed Parliament's business. There was a virtual government business ...
Farmers pay back Command Agric loans 15 March 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said farmers who benefited from Command Agriculture have managed to pay back 60 percent of the money provided by Sakunda Holdings to bankroll the scheme. Sakunda Private Limited provided the farming inputs upfront that were to be paid back in a y...
Dire crop situation calls for contingent measures 31 January 2018 HARARE - The crop situation in most parts of the country is not looking good because the heavens have not been generous with the rains. Farming experts warned this week that some of the crops could be written off if the heavens do not open up this week. Zimbabwe is an agro-based economy, whose...
Command Agric flaws exposed 2 December 2017 HARARE – The parliamentary committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development has exposed flaws on the Command Agriculture programme. Presenting a report in the National Assembly on Thursday, the committee chairperson Christopher Chitindi said most farmers did not get in...
Mliswa defends army involvement in command agric 6 November 2017 HARARE - Independent Member of Parliament for Norton, Temba Mliswa, has defended the involvement of the military in government's special maize import substitution programme, the Command Agriculture, saying politicians had “distorted the initiative” to gain personal political mileage. Mliswa, w...
Govt imports maize despite bumper harvest 20 October 2017 HARARE - Despite official claims that the 2016/17 farming season achieved a bumper harvest owing to the Command Agriculture initiative, government is clandestinely importing the staple grain from neighbouring countries. Ironically, the grain imports violate a ban imposed by the same government...
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...
Command Agriculture: Govt ropes in soldiers 22 August 2017 HARARE - Government has deployed soldiers to supervise the harvesting of maize produced under the Command Agriculture programme in a bid to prevent side-marketing of the crop. The move is also meant to plug any repayment leakages as 80 percent of the value of maize delivered by the farmer is r...
Zanu PF chefs bully Zinwa 5 August 2017 HARARE - The struggling Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has been directed to supply uninterrupted water to Zanu PF bigwigs and top government officials who are participating in the command winter wheat programme even though some of them have outstanding bills, the Daily News can report....
'Command Agric should benefit all' 30 July 2017 HARARE - Government needs to do more to improve Command Agriculture implementation by involving the rural population, hence make it national because the current programme seemed to have benefited Mashonaland provinces only, Senators have said. Debating a report by thematic committee on Peace a...
War vets target ministers 22 July 2017 HARARE - Former Cabinet minister and chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) — Christopher Mutsvangwa has warned that the former freedom fighters will not rest until two ministers they accuse of sowing divisions in Zanu PF — Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonatha...
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 ...
Mutsvangwa warns Moyo 13 July 2017 HARARE - War Veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa has warned Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo that the country's army will soon descend on him if he does not shut up. This comes after Moyo has cast aspersions on the defence chief Constantino Chiwenga's PhD from University...
Mapfumo mocks Command Agriculture 8 July 2017 HARARE - Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo has fired barbs at government initiated Command Agriculture programme saying the programme has brewed the ongoing tiff between senior government officials. The $500 million scheme was initiated by government at the start of last year in a bid to ...
Mugabe defends Mnangagwa 1 July 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday sprung to the defence of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is the face of the government-run Command Agriculture initiative that has come under severe criticism from within and outside his government for operating outside the confines of the law. ...
Chiwenga after Jonathan Moyo 28 June 2017 HARARE - Constantino Chiwenga, the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), has once again waded into the factional fights rattling the governing party, taking aim at Jonathan Moyo — the Zanu PF politburo member — whom he is accusing of undermining the Command Agriculture scheme, whose imp...
Govt caught pants down 24 June 2017 HARARE - Government is bypassing the State Procurement Board (SPB) in its implementation of the hyped Command Agriculture initiative in violation of the law, which requires that all projects worth US$10 000 or above should go through formal tender to enable it to get the best money can buy. Th...
Zim treading on slippery ground 24 June 2017 HARARE - The World Bank this week made sad and disheartening projections of Zimbabwe's moribund economy. The international financier — which forecast Zimbabwe's economic growth to decline from this year's 2,7 percent to 0,9 percent next year and plummet further to 0,2 percent in 2019 — painted...
Command livestock on the cards 27 April 2017 HARARE - Government has mobilised funding for command livestock, with the programme's document set to be presented in Cabinet in two weeks' time, Vice President (VP) Emmerson Mnangagwa said. The VP yesterday told delegates at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair business conference that the p...
'Poor planning impairs agriculture' 19 April 2017 MUTARE - Poor planning and lack of market linkages are responsible for the huge post harvest loses local farmers routinely suffer, a senior government official has said. Agritex director, Bernard Mache told the Daily News on the sidelines of a Multi-sectoral Community Based Approach Stunting (...
Moyo lays into Mnangagwa 27 March 2017 HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has laid into Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and appeared to accuse the Midlands Zanu PF godfather of orchestrating a dirty campaign against him using inaccurate command agriculture projections. Moyo said while evidence on the g...
Stop abusing command agric 23 February 2017 EDITOR — In as far as the government is doing a good job in distributing tractors, scotch carts and other agricultural inputs to farmers in most parts of the country, these implements are being abused by those who wield power here in Buhera. It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter as...
Looting of agric inputs worrying 3 January 2017 HARARE - Reports that top Zanu PF and army officials have been leading the looting of the State-sponsored $500 million Command Agriculture inputs are very worrying, given Zimbabwe's history of another plundered agricultural fund — the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)-run Farm Mechanisation scheme. ...
Bigwigs pillage new $500m agric scheme 2 January 2017 HARARE - Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister, Martin Dinha, has made startling claims that senior Zanu PF officials and members of the military are looting the new $500 million government-funded Command Agriculture programme, which seeks to improve the country's food security. The ...