Category: Agriculture

Govt reads riot act on illegal settlers

The government has ordered all illegal settlers to immediately vacate farmland they are occupying.                            The new Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Air Marshall Perrance Shiri read the riot act to illegal settlers and corrupt ministry officials. Addressing ministers of state for provincial affairs in a meeting to find a common ground on land issues, Minister Shiri said in the short time he has been minister, he received hundreds of cases pertaining to land disputes and the Land Commission must resolve these issues speedily.  “To minimise land disputes, the Surveyor General shall work round the clock so that...

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Command Agric programme set for launch

The government is set to launch the US$300 million Command Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Wildlife programme tomorrow at the Munhumutapa building in Harare.  The programme seeks to enhance livestock production and will cover all aspects of livestock including beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, fish, wildlife and small stock such as poultry and rabbits. The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri announced the development today while giving an update to the country’s 10 ministers of state for provincial affairs on land and agriculture issues. “There is generally sufficient maize seed to cater for...

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UPDATED: Inputs headache for farmers

Some farmers under command agriculture have expressed concern of the delays in distribution of basal fertilisers which they say is now affecting their plans to plant the irrigated maize crop. After registering one of the best maize outputs during the first phase of the command agriculture, Edson Makina became one of the first farmers in the country to be identified by government and given a centre pivot under the first batch imported from Spain. But a visit to his farm and other large scale farmers under command agriculture reveals a disturbing story, as Makina is yet to use the...

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TIMB rolls out $28.5m loan facility

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has rolled out the $28.5 million inputs distribution programme with over 22 000 farmers now accessing a full package of inputs to grow the golden leaf this season. Thousands of farmers converged at various collections points in the tobacco greenbelts to receive tobacco inputs which are being disbursed under the TIMB $28.5 million loan facility to assist small scale farmers boost tobacco production in the country. The farmers hailed the TIMB loan facility saying it has come at an opportune time as they will take advantage of the onset of the rains...

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South Korean envoy tours Chiveso projects

The South Korean Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Cho Jai-Chel has visited community projects in the Chiveso area of Musana communal lands. The projects which comprise poultry, piggery and horticulture ventures were initiated by the Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin Dinha in conjunction with the South Korean Embassy in Zimbabwe. Infrastructure worth several thousands of dollars was funded by the South Koreans cementing relations and cultural exchanges with Mashonaland Central Province. Advocate Dinha expressed gratitude to the government of South Korea for the income generating projects in Ushongani village. South Korean envoy to Zimbabwe, His Excellency...

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