Category: Agriculture

Manicaland attracts more agric investors

Manicaland Province’s climatic conditions, which are ideal for agriculture, are attracting more investors keen to see a transformation of the Eastern Highlands into an export hub. Barely a few days after Korean investors knocked on the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa’s door with a proposal to construct an organic fertiliser plant, a consortium of investors with diverse interests has also thrown in its proposal. Agriliance Timber Consultant, Mr Patrick Lead said his firm, which also has tentacles in mining, agriculture and tourism, is open to partner the province in areas such as timber production. Minister Mutsvangwa and ARDA Board Chairperson, Mr Basil Nyabadza welcomed the thrust of value addition, describing it as key in employment creation and unlocking the value of the various agricultural commodities that the province is well known for. At a time the world is looking towards organic produce, it is only a matter of time before the country regains its status as a strong exporter of crop produce to global...

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Low rainfall affects region

The low rainfall being experienced in Zimbabwe is not peculiar to the country with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) indicating that cumulative rainfall has been below-average and erratic in several other countries. Rainfall during the current cropping season has been mixed in the Southern African region, which according to FEWSNET comprises Angola, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe  In its latest bulletin, FEWSNET noted that a few countries have received average to above average cumulative rainfall, while in several other countries cumulative rainfall has been below-average and erratic. Moisture deficits and heavy rainfall are expected...

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Produce more sweet potatoes

Farmers have been urged to venture into commercial sweet potato production in order to increase food production. Sweet potatoes have lucrative markets in Asia and Europe, and provide an export option for local farmers. SIRDC Director, Mr Deckster Savadye told the ZBC News that Zimbabwe is not producing notable quantities of high nutritious potato that can substitute bread and can also be processed into floor, chips and snacks. The institute’s research scientist, Mrs Phyllis Rugare also explained how farmers can maximize yields of the potato and highlighted how the crops is easy to plant compared to other crops. With all the resources available, a famer can grow three varieties such as Chingovha, Brondal, Mozambique White and Orange Flesed Carrot to produce 40 tonnes per hectare. China is the world’s largest sweet potato producer followed by...

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Grow profitable varieties, farmers urged

Small holder farmers have been encouraged to grow profitable seed varieties that improve food security at household level. Speaking to small holder farmers at Exchange Irrigation Scheme field day in Silobela, seed expert, Mr Ivan Craig and Provincial Livestock and Crop Officer, Virginia Nare advised farmers to take farming as a business and grow profitable seed varieties. “If small holders are equipped with knowledge and skill combined with suitable seed varieties, it can go a long way in combating the threat of food scarcity which is being exacerbated by changing global climatic conditions,” noted Mr Craig.  Silobela Agritex Officer, Mrs Isabel Mutero urged beneficiaries of command agriculture inputs to settle their outstanding bills to the government so that the programme can continue to benefit other farmers. With erratic weather patterns being experienced in the country due to changing climatic conditions, supporting small holder farmers remains a priority for the country  especially developing irrigation schemes to ensure food security in the event the rains...

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We will not let chaos reign on farms: Minister

The Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial leadership has warned grassroot party members against assuming powers to allocate land, saying such practice will cause chaos on farms. The province convened its first provincial interdistrict conference for this year, with provincial chairman Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi warning the party will not let chaos reign on farms due to illegal settlements. He told the conference that some grassroot leadership has been allocating land illegally in return for some favours in contravention of the law which vests such powers in the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement. Minister of State for Mashonaland West...

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