Day: April 23, 2017

Embrace command agric: ZFU

The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) has implored more farmers to participate in the command agriculture programme, saying the model will empower them with best farming practices to maximise production. ZFU President, Mr Abdul Nyathi has been a farmer for years but says this is the first time he is expecting to harvest about 200 tonnes from the 40 hectares planted under maize production at his farm in West Nicholson, Matabeleland South Province. Mr Nyathi, who dedicated 10 hectares to command agriculture, said the programme taught him that with early land preparation, mobilisation of agricultural inputs in time and adequate...

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Thousands grace Radio Zim road show

The inaugural 2017 Radio Zimbabwe road show attracted thousands of people who converged to meet and interact with their favourite radio personalities at Bezel Bridge in Mutare West constituency. It was a rare opportunity for Radio Zimbabwe listeners as they had their first ever chance to meet and interact with radio personalities at their door steps. The outreach programme, which was broadcast live, also brought some of the renowned local artists as they shared the stage, entertaining the huge crowd. The open air arena was converted into a studio as Radio Zimbabwe personalities who were there  paraded themselves on...

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Farming is the real deal: Min Chombo

Zvimba North legislator and Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo said no white collar job is as rewarding as farming and called on the young generation to realise that the notion that there is good life in the glamour of cities is just an illusion. Dr Chombo, himself a renowned farmer, had wise words of counsel to those who think there is no joy in farming, telling stakeholders who turned up for a maize field day at Bessivile Farm in Banket that former white farmers in Zvimba north alone managed to buy 17 private planes from farming while only...

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Politicians blamed for corruption in Africa

Legal experts say corruption continues to be a stumbling block for development in Africa as political will remains questionable. They accused politicians of being major perpetrators of corruption as they appear to be potential beneficiaries of proceeds of corruption. Renowned Kenyan Professor of Law, Patrick Lumumba said failure to implement policies aimed at preventing corruption remains a challenge for African nations. “Despite policies having legislative supporrt, implementation is lagging behind, thereby derailing efforts in combating the scourge,” said Professor Lumumba. Anti corruption activist and lawyer, Mr Dumisani Mthombeni said there is need for attitude change among Zimbabweans in order...

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Embrace IT in agriculture, Zimbabwe urged

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government must embrace information technology (IT) to increase agricultural production. This comes following the successful implementation of the command agriculture programme. Cde Mnangagwa said adoption of modern IT is the way to go in coming up with sustainable agriculture. “The government of Zimbabwe should consider adopting modern IT farming as is currently the case in countries such as South Africa and Kenya, among others. IT enables  the testing of  soil, obtaining of information about yields, receiving information on commodity prices and markets thereby allowing farmers leeway to effectively plan vital activities like planting,...

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Compile list of seized ZAPU properties: VP Mphoko

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has called upon former ZAPU and ZIPRA combatants to urgently come up with a list of all their seized properties as a first step towards addressing the issue. In an address to war veterans that had gathered at Castle Arms in Bulawayo, Cde Mphoko, who started by chronicling how properties had been bought by ZANU, ZAPU and ZIPRA as a way of empowering their members, said it was unacceptable to take people’s properties. He also indicated that after consultations with President Robert Mugabe, it was agreed that a full list of the said properties be...

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Another blow for Cde Kasukuwere

Zanu PF Harare and Matabeleland provinces have become the latest provinces to endorse the ouster of the ruling party’s National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere following today’s meetings, one in Harare and another in Lupane. The no confidence vote on Cde Kasukuwere follow several ouster bids by other provinces, among them, with  Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo and Midlands. Announcing Harare province’s resolution at the Zanu PF headquarters today, Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Cleveria Chizema, alleged that Cde Kasukuwere has caused divisions in the party and the dismissal of some provincial chairpersons in the country. Cde...

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ZBC launches national languages bulletins

The national broadcaster, ZBC has officially launched national languages bulletins, with the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe saying he regrets that the development has come many years after independence. Today’s launch of the national languages bulletins at the ZBC Montrose studios in Bulawayo, saw five more national languages coming on board to make nine the number of national languages ZBC is now having news in. Zimbabweans can now get news in Xhosa, Shangani, Ndau, Chewa, Kalanga, Tonga, Venda, Nambya and Sotho on national television, and ZBC Acting CEO, Mr Patrick Mavhura promised that three...

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LIVE: ZBC launch of national languages bulletin

Live updates by: Thembinkosi Mangena and Wadzanai Mhombera 14:22 -Dr Mushohwe concludes his speech by officially launching the languages bulletin and interestingly a live broadcast of news in Ndau is immediately on the ZBC TV screen. 14:12 – Dr Mushohwe says he has a lot of respect for former Tanzanian leader, Julius Nyerere for launching the ‘Swahili Revolution.’ 14:10 – Minister Mushohwe regrets that ZBC failed to introduce bulletins in national languages in 1983. “Today, there are some people in Chipinge who don’t know that there is a place in Zimbabwe called Binga. This is one thing that I...

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