Category: Agriculture

SA poultry ban still stands: Dep Min

Local players in the poultry industry who were getting their hatching egg, table eggs and other chicken products from South Africa should look for other source markets to import them as the ban of South Africa’s poultry products still stands. The avian influenza outbreak in some parts of South Africa like Mpumalanga and the Free State has resulted in Zimbabwe banning chicken imports from the country. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture responsible for livestock Cde Paddy Zhanda said businesses that were using South African source markets will have to look for alternative markets until an official pronouncement to lift...

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Calls for command agric funding

The command agriculture programme, an initiative meant to provide food self-sufficiency as well as restoring the country’s status as the bread basket of the Southern African region can only be restored if funds are availed timeously. There are also numerous opportunities for investment in the agriculture sector as the boom in the sector also entails that there are spin offs in the manufacture of equipment such as driers, ploughs, fertilizers, seed, chemicals as well as beneficiation. The Business Council of Zimbabwe president, Mr Langton Mabhanga said Zimbabwe can also exploit the hunger for agricultural commodities, especially of an organic nature on the international market. The drive to ensure food self-sufficiency must be a national issue that rallies all Zimbabweans together to ensure that it becomes a reality. The private sector too is instrumental in the drive to further propel the agriculture sector says entrepreneur, Mr Witness Mangwende. Agriculture expert, Mr Isdory Kembo highlighted that farming is premised on planning and suggests that time frames as to what to grow, when, where and by who have to be followed to the latter. Mr Kembo added that only when such plans are followed to the latter, can the country produce enough and even have a surplus to sell to generate the much needed foreign currency. Globally, the drive towards food self-sufficiency has seen countries such as Israel investing billions to turn...

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Women farmers clinch export deal

300 women who graduated from Jane Mutatu Institute of Agriculture for smallholder farmers have clinched a lucrative export deal to Asia and Europe for their produce. The recently opened agriculture training centre has already began recording success stories as part of its graduands are now talking of export earnings after clinching a deal to export their produce. Director of the institute, Mrs Jane Mutatu said the 300 women who organised themselves into groups will be exporting carrots, goats and mushroom to Europe and Asia. Members of the newly formed Simukai Agriculture Group were equally elated at having to realise the benefits of their training which they said will help in ensuring they export competitive products. The majority of the women had no financial literacy, making them uncreditworthy as they failed to meet borrowing requirements but following the training, that has since changed with a local bank having availed close to US$5 million to support the women’s ventures. The American Embassy has also offered the women offices in Gweru where they will receive training on how to use social media to market  their produce and interact with their  potential clients. Currently, they are 500 women small holder farmers who are registered with the Jane Mutatu Institute of...

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Command fisheries programme launched in Midlands

The Midlands Province has launched its Command Fisheries Programme at one of its largest dams, Insukamini in Lower Gweru where 100 000 fingerlings were ploughed in the dam. Despite the presence of several large to medium sized dams, the country still has very low fisheries output, a situation that has seen the government embarking on a massive fish restocking exercise. Speaking at the launch, National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Director for Conservation, Arthur Mutsakwa said the initiative will provide the community of Lower Gweru with employment opportunities as well as food of high nutritional value. Midlands Minister of...

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24 firms to benefit from 2017-18 command agric

At least 24 local firms are set to benefit immensely from the 2017-2018 Command Agriculture Programme through the supply of agricultural inputs for the summer cropping season. Contracts have already been concluded with financiers of this year’s Command Agricultural Programme, which is going to push production upwards. According to the signed contracts gleaned by this news crew, seven seed manufacturing firms will supply 37 000 tonnes of seed, 30 000 tonnes of which is maize seed, 1 000 tonnes sorghum and 6 000 tonnes soya beans. Three firms will benefit from the US$80 million for the supply of chemicals, while five companies will supply of 515 000 tonnes of fertilisers. 259 000 tonnes of top dressing fertilisers and 246 000 tonnes of compound fertilisers are set to be delivered this season. Zimbabwe Seed Traders Association Vice Chairman Mr Amon Mwashaireni said the programme has boosted production capacity with first deliveries of inputs expected next month. According to documents, four other firms will benefit through the supply of 100 000 tonnes of lime, with the financier, Sakunda Holdings expected to avail 15 million litres of diesel for the cropping season. Sources say negotiations between Sakunda Holdings and National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) are at an advanced stage for the movement of this season’s agricultural inputs. Sakunda Holdings has set aside US$13 million for irrigation purposes and US$5 million is meant...

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