Day: May 22, 2018

Command chicken programme bears fruit

The government’s command chicken programme, which started on the 18th of April this year, has started to bear fruit with the first batch of chickens having been slaughtered at Kudu Creek abattoir in Goromonzi today. The programme, which is a pilot project being financed by Sakunda Holdings with technical expertise from the government, started with the supply of 20 000 chicks to 15 farmers in Goromonzi. The Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr Justin Mupamhanga witnessed the initial slaughter of the birds and hailed the success of the project. “I am so happy and impressed by...

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First Lady meets the Doma community

Hundreds of people from the Doma community in Mashonaland West Province have benefited from the First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa’s medical outreach programme, which today saw a group of 17 doctors offering free medical services to the people under Chief Chisunga. Despite the poor road network and a rough terrain, Cde Mnangagwa defied the odds by enduring the journey to the marginalised community. She took the opportunity to engage the community on their challenges and aspirations. Among the challenges raised by the community are human and wildlife conflict, shortage of food, early marriages and inaccessibility of the area. The...

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Chikurubi inmates get free medical treatment

Female inmates at Chikurubi Maximum Prison today received free eye treatment and cervical cancer screening, courtesy of Mushamukadzi charity organisation. Driven by the desire to see healthy inmates, Mushamukadzi charity organisation this Tuesday descended at the prison with some health personnel for the medial programme. In his address, Mushamukadzi representative, Dr Mathius Mukona urged inmates to have regular health check-ups. “The past decade has seen a surge in the number of women dying due to cervical cancer and related diseases, hence the need for early detection of cervical cancer,” he said. Some of the inmates, who spoke to the...

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Zim invites 64 election observers

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo says Zimbabwe has invited 64 organisations, countries and individuals to observe the forthcoming harmonised elections in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s promise of free, fair and credible elections. In an interview with the ZBC News, Minister Moyo said Zimbabwe is walking the talk and it has nothing to hide in its electoral processes, adding that democracy is at work in the country. “We have invited 64 organisations, countries and individuals to observe this election. Far from the SADC region and the AU, we have gone as...

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Zim moves to attain gender equality, SDGs

Zimbabwe has over the years made great strides in advancing the attainment of gender equality and best practices in local government in line with the SADC Gender Protocol and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This came out at the launch of the 2018 SADC Gender Protocol at work summit held this Tuesday in Harare. At least 79 out of the country’s 92 local authorities have joined the programme on gender mainstreaming which aims at ensuring local authorities provide gender sensitive service delivery. Gender Links Country Director, Priscilla Maposa said progress witnessed so far include the adoption of gender policies, gender committees and setting aside budgets for gender programmes. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Mr George Magosvongwe called for a multi-stakeholder approach in support of gender equality programmes for meaningful development. Running under the theme: ‘Local Action for a Strong 2030 Gender in Southern Africa,’ the two day summit will provide a platform for knowledge dissemination and sharing of best practices from various sectors across...

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Farmers gear up for 2018-19 tobacco season

67 000 grams of tobacco seeds have been sold as farmers gear for the 2018/19 cropping season. According to the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board, the 67 000 grams of tobacco seed, which the Tobacco Research Board and the Zimbabwe Seed Trade Association have sold, is sufficient to cover 11 000 hectares of the golden leaf. This however is a significant decline from the 103 000 grams sufficient for 17 000 hectares of tobacco that had been sold in the same corresponding period last season.   Farmers are currently observing the tobacco free period from 15 May to the 1st...

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Buyers hail tobacco quality

As the 2018 tobacco season reaches its peak, buyers have hailed the quality of the golden leaf being delivered at auction floors by farmers, a development that has seen the prices going up. In comparison to the previous years, this year has witnessed a remarkable difference with a huge improvement on the quality of tobacco which has been credited to the experience and support farmers are getting. Merchants at Premier Tobacco expressed so much confidence in the future of the farmers and the industry which contributes to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).  Of late, farmers have been given...

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Chinese billionaires set for Zim investment forum

The tourism sector is angling towards massive investment opportunities from a pool of Chinese billionaires who will headline an investment forum to be held in Zimbabwe next month. The forum is a reciprocal meeting following the visit by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the Asian nation which culminated to the signing of a US$1.2 billion memorandum of understanding (MOU). Touch International Holdings Group is lined for the tourism and hospitality industry. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) CEO, Mr Karikoga Kaseke said the forum would be a game changers to the tourism sector and the country’s...

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Govt engages contractor for Kondo, Chitowe dams

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local company for the construction of Kondo and Chitowe dams expected to benefit the country and the region at large. The projects were mooted decades ago with the potential to change the socio-economic lives of Zimbabweans specifically in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. Finally, the government has engaged Tawana Power Corporation for the implementation of the projects. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Ambassador Grace Mutandiro said the government remains committed to sustainable utilisation of water, hence the construction of dams. The MOU will see Tawana Power Corporation implementing the projects through mobilisation of funds for feasibility studies and construction work. About $3,7 billion is required for the completion of the two dams with Kondo becoming  the second largest inland dam in the country after Tokwe-Mukosi, with the potential to generate plus or minus 270 megawatts of...

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Govt calls for value addition of bananas

The government says limited value addition of agricultural commodities is hindering efforts to increase Zimbabwe’s exports. While the majority of local farmers have been selling produce without adding them value, on the global front bananas have been transformed into juices, paper, flour and other by-products. The Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, who was on a tour of Fangudu farm in Burma Valley, said maximising returns on crops require effective beneficiation methods. “In other countries, we have seen how farmers are getting increased revenues from bananas. We want to also have a...

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