Articles tagged 'farming'

Cassava Smartech hosts Murehwa EcoFarmer Expo 5 November 2018   MUREHWA – Cassava Smartech, the Econet group's soon-to-be-listed division, yesterday successfully hosted a first-of-its-kind EcoFarmer expo at Murewa Centre, 90km northeast of the capital Harare. The farmers' expo, themed “Taking Farming to the Next Level” was attended by over 3 500 farme...
Freehold ownership key to investment: CFU 3 November 2018 HARARE - The Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) says government should restore freehold ownership rights in order to unlock the collateral value of agricultural land in Zimbabwe. As part of its submissions to the 2019 National Budget consultations, the CFU said the main problem facing Zimbabwe's ...
Chipinge farmers' cry for govt help 7 October 2018 CHIPINGE – The south-eastern parts of Zimbabwe have always been an oasis of agricultural activity from the sugar cane estates of Triangle, Hippo Valley, Mkwasine and parts of Chisumbanje to macadamia farms in Upper Chipinge. The farmers in Upper Chipinge who persevered against adversity follow...
'99-year lease no guarantee for funding' 4 April 2018 HARARE - FBC Holdings chief executive John Mushayavanhu says banks’ acceptance of 99-year leases as collateral does not serve as a guarantee of funding to the holders. Mushayavanhu pointed out that 99-year leases are no guarantee for funding and farmers should take into account individual bank...
'Be productive or lose land' 13 March 2018 HARARE - Lands deputy minister Davis Marapira yesterday threatened to repossess underutilised farms in the next two months. Marapira was addressing delegates at a Tobacco Conference in Harare. He called on farmers to start being productive or face the consequences. “In the next two month...
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...
EU gives rural farmers $2,4m 15 April 2017 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has given Zimbabwe $2,4 million to help farmers alleviate the impact of the lean season that peaked from January to March 2017. Once the bread-basket of the region, Zimbabwe has since 2000 struggled to feed its people due to droughts and President Robert Mugabe...
Only free market economy can revive agric 2 December 2016 HARARE - Unconfirmed reports in the past few weeks that Zanu PF bigwigs and some command agriculture beneficiaries are abusing inputs availed to them endorses our suspicions that the Soviet-style initiative to shore up maize production does not work. Under the special programme, the government...
CFI remains in the red 3 June 2016 HARARE - Agro-industrial conglomerate CFI Holdings (CFI) has remained in the red despite reducing its loss to $3,3 million in the six months to March 2016 against a loss of $3,7 million loss recorded in the same period last year. The group's acting chairperson, Grace Muradzikwa, yesterday said...
Farmers must be capacitated 13 November 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe, this coming farming season is expected to experience another drought due to the raging El Nino wave that is forecast to hit most countries in Africa. While other regional countries have also been experiencing recurring droughts since the turn of the millennium due to changin...
Mugabe gives hint of party troubles 23 May 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday intimated that factional fights in his party were affecting him. Apologising for coming four hours late to the commissioning of farming equipment sourced under the Brazilian More Food for Africa Programme for Zimbabwe, Mugabe said he slept late the pr...
Mliswa slams Zifa's farming plans 20 June 2014 HARARE - Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa has slammed Zifa’s plans to venture into farming, labelling it ill-conceived, non-profitable and against the association’s core business. Sports enthusiast Mliswa, who chairs the Sports, Arts and Culture parliamentary portfolio committee, had no kind ...
Zim farming season under threat 13 January 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe's prospects of a good farming season might be in jeopardy following revelations that part of government’s $160 million inputs are yet to reach the intended farmers, while rains continue to be elusive in some parts of the country. Despite years of declining agriculture output ...
Cut down on deforestation 27 November 2013 HARARE - Ask a dispossessed white Zimbabwean farmer how many cords of wood you need to cure a hectare of tobacco and he'll shake his head and look blank. White farmers for the most part say they didn't use wood to cure their tobacco because there simply weren't enough trees or wood close to ha...
Give agric inputs to all, not on political lines 5 November 2013 EDITOR — I applaud the government on their serious drive to rescucitate the agricultural sector and ensure food security for this country. Huge amounts of inputs are being distributed to families in most parts of the country and right in time for the farming season. I urge the government to...
Ncube reverts to farming after election disaster 30 October 2013 HARARE - Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC, has turned to farming after dismally losing  the July 31 elections. Ncube polled 2.68 percent in a presidential election that saw President Robert Mugabe winning 61 percent of the vote to claim a seventh term as president, while opposition le...
'Agriculture requires $1bln' 28 October 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe requires over $1 billion for the 2013-2014 farming season to be successful, agriculture experts say. Peter Gambara, an independent agronomist told businessdaily that government should complement efforts being done by banks and other private players to revive agriculture by se...
Govt to support rural women farmers 18 October 2013 HARARE - Government is mulling assisting rural women farmers during this farming season, a government official has said. Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Oppah Muchinguri told a press briefing that her ministry was working closely with the Agriculture ministry to map...
Farming regions set to change 30 August 2012 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to change its mapping of farming regions because of the effects of global warming and climate change, says Joseph Made, the minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development. Speaking during the unveiling of a new maize seed, Sirdamaize 113, in Harare yest...