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Masvingo holds budget consultation meeting

Government has been urged to consider setting aside funds for irrigation of cotton in Masvingo Province in the 2018 budget with stakeholders saying the sector has the potential to produce more if supported. The calls were made during the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation 2018 budget consultation meeting held in Masvingo. Stakeholders in Masvingo gave their contributions on areas that need to be prioritised in next year’s budget among them the setting up of irrigation infrastructure for cotton farmers. In the 2015/2016 summer cropping season a total of 1 353 tonnes of cotton were harvested in Masvingo and Manicaland combined, with officials highlighting that the tonnage increased to 15 540 in the 2016/2017 summer cropping season. The stakeholders said if such tonnage could be obtained with farmers just relying on rains, more can be achieved with irrigation. Other stakeholders said the budget should also prioritise putting more funds towards foot and mouth vaccines as the disease continues to derail the national herd stocking efforts. The committee was also urged to look into farms that are being underutilised. Committee chairperson, Cde Christopher Chitindi said high rentals on land use is a matter brought up by stakeholders in most of the provinces highlighting this will need to be looked into. The budget consultations were being held countrywide, with Masvingo being the last...

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Mat South women undergo chicken rearing training

About 1 000 women in Matabeleland South have been trained in poultry production amid high expectations that the programme spearheaded by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe will uplift the living standards of the beneficiaries. In a bid to empower women across the country, the Zanu PF Women’s League secretary, the First Lady rolled out a poultry project that has seen women being equipped with skills on the project before implementing it. After training women in Beitbridge, Irvine’s Zimbabwe technical advisor and training facilitator Mrs Sisa Mpofu expressed optimism the programme will produce the desired results. Zanu PF provincial...

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Zim records low bean production

The national demand for beans is over 90 000 tonnes but production is currently hovering around 26 000 tonnes as farmers are producing an average of below a tonne per hectare. Researchers contend yield of the legume crop can however increase to 3.5 tonnes per hectare. Factors such as continued use of retained seed and climate change induced decline of summer rains has significantly affected bean production. With the national demand pegged at over 90 000 tonnes against current production of 26 000 tonnes, the deficit has to be offset by imports says the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation...

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Fireworks expected at Khanyisile Sports Complex

In the weekend of the FIBA Zone 6 club championships in Botswana, action continues in the Bulawayo Basketball Association league (BBA) with competition for points being the order of activity at Khanyisile Sports Complex. In the absence of Southern Mavericks and Lakers seniors womens’ teams, two women fixtures are lined up for week 4 BBA league matches as NUST hosts Angels before Divas date Highlanders. Angels share the lead on the log with Lakers seniors and Divas on 4 points. Highlanders on the other hand will hope to get points that can lift them from the basement of the...

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Govt embarks on grazing pasture programme

Government in partnership with a local seed house have embarked on a programme to grow a variety of grazing pastures as part of boosting livestock management and ensure farmers get value for their cattle. While a few companies or farmers have individually embarked on grazing pasture growing programmes, government has now partnered a local seed house to start a pasture production initiative at a large scale. After extensive discussions with the Deputy Minister for Agriculture responsible for livestock, Cde Paddy Zhanda, the local seed house has now been tasked to start conducting soil sampling across the country where pasture...

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Binga commemorates World Food Day

The Binga community has been urged to invest in water harvesting equipment to ease the access to water and promote agricultural activities during the dry season. The call came through during World Food Day commemorations held at Siabuwa business centre in the district. The impact of climate change is being felt in Binga as food shortages are now a common feature in the district. The shortages of boreholes and dams have also made it difficult for members of the community to embark on agricultural activities. Binga District Administrator, Mrs Elydia Banda-Ndethi said water harvesting will become the spring board...

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NRZ resuscitation at an advanced stage

Zimbabweans in business and ordinary people have every reason to smile as government has found a solution to the resuscitation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ). The resuscitation will be done by a consortium of 500 skilled Zimbabweans and professionals in the Diaspora, the ‘Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group’ and Transnet Freight of South Africa which has mobilised $1.4 billion for development projects in Zimbabwe. Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Dr Joram Gumbo said Zimbabweans should expect to see a huge change in the operations of the NRZ once government has given the nod and the deal is concluded...

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BREAKING: Friday Phiri dies

Former Warriors and Caps United forward Friday ‘Amayenge’ Phiri has died. Phiri died this morning after he had been admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital for some time. Family spokesperson, David Phiri his eldest son confirmed to the ZBC News. Phiri played for several clubs locally and was part Zimbabwe’s dream team squad before he graduated to become coach where he coached several premiership clubs in the country and outside the boarders. Former Caps United players Charlie Johns, Carlos Max, Charles Sibanda, Joe Mugabe, Frank Nyamukuta, Mpumelelo Dzowa among others have been footing his medical expenses in trying to fight his...

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Poachers bail denied

The Victoria Falls Magistrate Court has denied bail the two suspected poachers who were arrested in connection with the cyanide poisoning which killed 13 elephants in Hwange. The trial of the duo has been set for the 23rd of October. The two accused persons Zwelitsha Tshuma 37 of Jambezi and Sitshuwade Msipha 47 appeared before Magistrate Mrs Lindiwe Maphosa at Victoria Falls Magistrate Court. The duo had their bail application thrown away and further remanded in custody pending trial. Delivering the ruling, Magistrate Mrs Maphosa said the nature of the offense may cause public disorder. The state had also...

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Pres Mugabe’s land reform hailed

Discussions about the legacy of President Robert Mugabe in shaping a global land reform took centre stage at the ongoing 19th World Festival for Youth and Students in the Russian city of Sochi. The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students continues in Sochi. At one of the venues known as the October Revolution Conference Hall, the discussion was about President Mugabe and his legacy which all participants concurred has had a huge bearing on the economy and political dynamics of Zimbabwe, Africa and the entire globe. In all these discussions taking place here there has been appreciation from...

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