Category: Agriculture

GZU trains sugar cane farmers

Experts in sugarcane farming say smallholder farmers have potential to contribute significantly to the country’s sugarcane yield but need requisite training to increase productivity. As sugarcane farmers move towards increasing the cane yield to 120 tonnes per hectare by 2020 against the current average yield of 76 tonnes per hectare, training has been cited as an important component to reach the target. A number of small-holder farmers are going through training with the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in the hope to empower them with new trends on sugarcane farming. Professor Munashe Shoko, who is leading the training programme, says...

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TIMB extends credit scheme to young farmers 

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has extended the tobacco inputs credit scheme to over 1 000 youths to grow the golden leaf under the banner ‘Young Farmers Club’. The youths identified under the club in tobacco greenbelts will benefit from the TIMB tobacco credit scheme programme launched in Muzarabani. The young farmers’ representatives hailed the initiative that will avail inputs for one hectare including 10 bags of fertiliser, land pack chemicals, bailing material and working capital. “This arrangement is going be a game changer, bringing the programme to the grassroots will enable easy and cheaper access to...

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Piggery projects for Chipinge South schools

The Chipinge South legislator has embarked on an ambitious piggery project to support all schools in his constituency as part of schools’ fundraising initiatives. Having started a viable piggery project at his farm in Middle Sabi, Honorable Porusingazi has set his sight on turning Chipinge South into a pig breeding power house. He said he thought of supporting local schools by giving them pigs to start piggery projects after having realised high returns when he started his own project. The Chipinge South legislator-cum-farmer said schools should be capacitated to generate revenue in order to reduce the funding burden from...

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Presidential Free Cotton Inputs Scheme hailed

Women in cotton farming in Chiredzi have applauded the Presidential Free Cotton Inputs Scheme saying they are already reaping benefits with some venturing into small projects supported by cotton farming. Women continue to play an important role in cotton production through their strong involvement in both planting and harvesting of the white gold. For Chiredzi women who are into cotton farming, the free Presidential Cotton Inputs Scheme has been a major boost for their production as they are already reaping some benefits and some have started small projects for self sustenance. With the existence of Tokwe-Mkosi dam a lot...

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Nyamandlovu villagers geared for commercial farming projects

Preparations for ward 19 villagers’ to undertake a commercial farming project in Nyamandlovu district in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call to promote investment are at an advanced stage. Farmers in Nyamandlovu said they are fully geared to partner investors to grow crops and process stock feed, establish a botanical garden, and start bee-keeping and other horticulture products, as a process of fully utilising the land they got under the Land Reform Programme. Ward 19 Councillor Getrude Gumpo commended the entrepreneurship spirit and unity exhibited by the community and said that if adequately supported, villagers have the potential to...

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