Articles tagged 'farmers'

'Farmers owe banks $500 million' 6 December 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's banks and private players are owed over half a billion dollars by farmers due to inputs abuse, side marketing and poor yields, an official has said. Tafadzwa Musarara, the Grain Millers' Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) chairperson, told members of Parliament that the impleme...
Zim to build more silos 22 November 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwean government has plans to build 76 new grain silos across the country to cater for an anticipated increase in grain production. The country currently has 12 silos that are managed by the State-run Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and have a storage capacity of about 500 000 me...
1,1m tonnes of maize delivered to GMB 17 October 2018 HARARE - Farmers have so far delivered 1,1 million tonnes of maize to the State granary since harvesting started in April. GMB general manager Rockie Mutenha, said the Grain Marketing Board shall be paying farmers one week after delivering their crop. In the past, the parastatal struggled t...
GMB depots ready to receive grain 14 May 2018 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has said their depots are now ready to receive grain from farmers who need to sell their crops. This follows the start of the 2018/19 marketing season on April 1. “Farmers are encouraged to: deliver their maize and small grains directly to GMB depots...
Farmers urged to deliver maize to GMB 11 May 2018 HARARE - The 2018/19 maize marketing season kicked off on April 1, with the Grain Marketing Board urging farmers to deliver grain to all GMB depots that are ready to receive grain crops. The summer cropping season ended on March 31 and harvesting of the early-planted maize crop has already sta...
'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...
Govt must treat farmers fairly 19 October 2017 HARARE - For many years, agriculture has buoyed Zimbabwe’s agro-based economy with crops such as tobacco and cotton ranking among the major foreign currency earners. While cotton has since fallen down the pecking order, tobacco has remained a top earner of the much-needed foreign currency. ...
Farmers left to rot at auction floors 7 May 2017 HARARE - Tapiwa Kadzura travelled all the way from Karoi, he had his tobacco bales and hoped to make a kill at the auction floors — but reality is different. He sleeps in a toilet and scrounges for food as he and other farmers are told there is no money to pay them now. Last week, Kadzura a...
Crisis as the govt hikes farmers' tax 1 April 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s stone-broke government has imposed a new 10 percent tax on tobacco sales, prompting angry farmers to threaten to withhold their crops for the current marketing season. This comes as impoverished Zimbabweans are reeling from a wave of other additional taxes th...
El Nino devastates farmers 13 December 2015 HARARE - While for many Zimbabweans the approach of the holiday season is a time of celebration, for Zimbabwean farmers it is the preferable time for planting a successful summer crop. Now, as the festive season draws to its peak, farmers continue to delay planting and wait for the rains w...
Ginners to pay cotton price adjustments 16 November 2015 HARARE - Cotton farmers will on November 16 start getting price adjustments on the crop they sold to merchants following the completion of grading at the ginneries, the Cotton Ginners Association of Zimbabwe (CGAZ) said. In a notice posted yesterday, the association said the grading process wa...
SeedCo in bid to help farmers get correct data 13 November 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest seed producer, SeedCo, yesterday donated two computers to the Meteorological Services Department in an effort to capacitate farmers with reliable weather data. SeedCo managing director Dennis Zaranyika told stakeholders attending a media luncheon in the capital yest...
Tobacco farmers net $484 million 21 June 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe  tobacco farmers have so far auctioned 164 million kg of the crop worth $484 million since the opening of the 2015 selling season in March. Statistics released by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (Timb) yesterday revealed that the golden leaf sales were down by 19 per...
Zim to compensate evicted farmers 11 March 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe has made a commitment to compensate white commercial farmers who lost their property during the chaotic and often violent land seizures at the turn of the millennium. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told journalists on Monday that the Zanu PF-led government was making stri...
Farmers struggle to meet maize target 7 February 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe could struggle to meet a target of 1,4 million tonnes of maize for the 2014/15 season. Zimbabwe Farmers’ Commercial Union (ZFCU) president Wonder Chabikwa said changes in rainfall patterns compounded with flooding in some areas will negatively impact on the success of the cur...
EU gives smallholder farmers $29m 7 March 2014 HARARE - The European Union (EU) is providing $29 million to small-scale Zimbabwean farmers to boost food security, an EU diplomat said yesterday. Aldo Dell’ Ariccia, the head of EU delegation to Zimbabwe, said the funding would be channelled towards four projects that include crop and livesto...
'Give resettled farmers title deeds' 31 October 2013 HARARE - Captains of industry have called on government to issue title deeds to farmers resettled during the land reform programme. Presenting oral evidence before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Industry and Commerce, Brains Muchemwa, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) macr...
Midlands farmers not enticed into mining 21 September 2013 HARARE - Farmers in the Midlands province have vowed to continue with farming although most people within the surrounding communities have turned to small scale mining which is blamed for fast destroying the environment. Speaking to the Daily News on the sidelines of a field trip dubbed “Look ...
New farmers to get inputs 21 September 2013 HARARE - The government is eager to assist resettled farmers and small-scale farmers, but the funds are yet to be mobilised, Finance Patrick Chinamasa said yesterday. Addressing journalists at the ministry's offices in Harare, Chinamasa said the government was reviewing how best to support far...
'Ignorance costing farmers' 7 January 2013 HARARE - The lack of rain gauges is affecting efforts to disseminate weather information to different sectors as rainfall patterns have high variability and cannot be put in the same bracket, weather experts say. Speaking at the presentation of a rainfall seasonal update meeting, Terrence Mushore...
Farmers must start producing 15 August 2012 HARARE - It has never been more important than now that the beneficiaries of Zimbabwe s land reform programme stop playing with farming and start engaging in the very serious business of producing enough food for Zimbabwe. It s only been three and half years since we were all flocking across the ...