Day: March 19, 2017

Agric colleges poorly funded

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development has expressed concern that agriculture training institutions could be producing half backed graduates due to budgetary constraints and lack of farming equipment. This came out during the committee’s recent visit to Esigodini Agricultural College, which is not only key in training students in agriculture but also a strategic institution for communal farmers in the area. However, a report to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee painted a picture that is at odds with how the agricultural institution should be operating . “Shortage of agricultural equipment, vehicles to assess students on attachment , inadequate water supplies and poor funding have seen best practices at the institution being compromised,” Esigodini Agricultural College Acting Principal, Ms Fungai Moyo said. Chairperson of the committee, Cde Christopher Chitindi and Norton legislator, Mr Temba Mliswa stressed the importance of adequately funding agricultural training institutions given their importance in contributing to better fortunes of Zimbabwe’s agro-based economy . Umzingwane legislator, Cde William Dewa weighed in saying Esigodini Agricultural College which has a bias towards animal husbandry is key to the Matabeleland region if the country is to rebuild its national herd . The committee also visited Lindnill farm in Umzingwane where five hectares of the maize crop was planted under the command agriculture programme . Meanwhile, the committee says early disbursement of inputs under the Command Agriculture Programme...

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Hold executive, legislature accountable, media urged

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda says the media has a sacrosanct obligation to hold public institutions including the executive and the legislature to account on how public expenditure is conducted. Addressing editors of different media houses at a workshop on parliamentary reporting in Gweru yesterday (Saturday), Advocate Mudenda challenged the media to report in a patriotic manner while holding the executive and legislature to account on the use of public finances. While also giving a presentation at the dialogue seminar, ZBC News Acting Assistant News Editor, Terrence Mapurisana outlined challenges which the media faces while...

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SADC renews Exec Secretary Tax’s contract

SADC has renewed the contracts of its Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax and her deputy, which were due to expire during the course of this year. Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi confirmed the development just after the SADC summit which ended yesterday in Swaziland. Dr Tax is a Tanzanian national and the 6th SADC Executive Secretary and the first female to hold the title in the 15 member regional grouping. She was appointed by SADC heads of state and government at the organisations’ 33rd summit in Lilongwe, Malawi in September 2013. She took over from...

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President Mugabe in Mauritius for AEP Summit

President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius to join other heads of state and government, captains of industry and intellectuals for the inaugural African Economic Platform (AEP). President Mugabe was warmly welcomed at Ramngoolam International Airport by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, several ministers from the government of Mauritius, and representatives from the African Union (AU). The AEP Summit, which kicks off this Monday will be focusing on economic transformation and integration on the continent. As he disembarked from his plane, President Mugabe inspected a guard honour mounted to honour and acknowledge his presence,...

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Caps progress to ACL group stage

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Caps United dumped five time African champions TP Mazembe of the DRC out of the CAF Champions League, to book themselves a place in the group stage with a nil-all draw in a second leg first round match played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare this afternoon. Keeping the DRC outfit at bay all afternoon was all the Green Machine needed to qualify to the next stage on away goals rule after the first leg had finished 1-all in Lubumbashi last week. While there was little to talk about in the second...

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Zim netball gems win Hong Kong tourney

The Zimbabwe netball gems have won the Hong Kong invitational tournament. Zimbabwe first beat Malaysia 46 -28, then Hong Kong 46-30 before the final match, which they won 42-28 against Malaysia. The tournament was a good preparation for Team Zimbabwe ahead of the Africa Championships as well as World Youth Championships in...

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ZC launches cricket academy

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) yesterday (Saturday) evening launched a cricket academy made up of 16 young players. The Zimbabwe Rising Stars Cricket Academy will tour the United Kingdom for six months as part of efforts to develop the promising youngsters at international level. The academy is meant to create a pipeline for players from the U-14, U-17, U-19 Zimbabwe development side, Zimbabwe A and ultimately the Chevrons to ensure the country remains competitive in test, ODI and T20 cricket. During the UK tour, the academy will play four fixtures against English county sides, academies, universities and colleges. Zimbabwe Cricket Board chairman, Tawengwa Mukuhlani said performance at international test matches is the yardstick by the ICC and the idea behind the academy is to bridge the gap between senior international cricket and domestic competitions. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane, who was the guest of honour at the launch dinner, said the academy was crucial for the success of sport and cricket in the country and implored ZC to integrate the girl child into the development programme to make it complete and all inclusive. Former national cricket captain and convener of selectors, Tatenda Taibu, who is the brains behind the project, said the team would take 16 players overseas each year for the next five years to take local cricket to a higher level. The young 16 players in...

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‘Supply chain management key to business’

Effective supply chain management systems have been cited as key in giving businesses a competitive advantage in the market place. The Supply Chain Association of Zimbabwe recently held a meeting in Harare with business stakeholders to find strategies on how they can improve product quality through effective supply chain management systems. Supply Chain Association of Zimbabwe Executive Secretary, Itai Gunde said companies can achieve competitive advantage by leveraging the management of their supply chains. According to a supply chain management consultant, Mr Roy Eusein, supply chain management incorporates techniques such as quality management systems to improve operations. The meeting also looked at the role of supply chain management in the creation of a sustainable...

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Chikomba residents hail DDF for roads rehab

Residents of Madamombe in Chikomba have commended the District Development Fund (DDF) for rehabilitating roads in the area. Following the rehabilitation of the Nharira-Mutemachani road, residents of Madamombe area are happy that the road has finally been attended to after it was damaged by the heavy rains experienced this season. DDF Mashonaland East Provincial Engineer, Dennis Dzvene said they have a programme to rehabilitate all roads under their jurisdiction. The DDF is also working with communities under the public works programme to rehabilitate the roads. The Nharira-Mutemachani road links the Madamombe area including St Francis of Assisi to the main Chivhu-Murambinda...

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Zanu PF Mat North restructuring resumes

The Zanu PF Matabeleland North programme on the restructuring of cells has resumed although it is now behind schedule due to the incessant rains that made it impossible for party members to undertake the activities. The restructuring programme in all the seven districts in Matabeleland North province began two weeks ago after a long break which was caused by the incessant rains and flooding in some districts. The provincial executive had initially targeted to have 5000 cells in place by the end of this month but due to the delays, a total of 547 cells are now in place and the restructuring is still ongoing, according to the Zanu PF Matabeleland North Provincial Chairperson, Cde Richard Moyo. “Everyone in the party now understands the restructuring of cells because it affects us all up to the Politburo. Our only worry now is Hwange district, which has the lowest number of cells, so we had a provincial executive meeting and we urged them to work hard so that together as a province, we meet our target,” he said. The target is to ensure that the restructuring process is completed before the party conducts primary elections. Umguza district has restructured 174 cells, the highest number in the province, followed by Binga with 112, Bubi 86 and Tsholotsho 82, Lupane 28 and Hwange...

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