Category: Agriculture

Govt calls for division of labour in agric

The government has called for division of labour among government departments in the forthcoming summer cropping season to maximise productivity and ensure the smooth flow of the production value chain.  The call follows the expansion of the Presidential Inputs Scheme to 1.8 million households and the introduction of soya bean cropping under the programme. Speaking on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe National Farmers Union (ZNFU) annual general meeting, the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made said government departments should be on standby to assist farmers so that crop production is smooth.  “No one should interfere...

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65 graduate at Gwebi agric college

65 graduates from Gwebi College have received their diplomas in agriculture at a ceremony held at the institution. It was a day to remember for those who took part at the agricultural college’s 66th graduation ceremony. Principal of the college, Mr William Matizha said the institution has been churning out graduates every year who are complementing government’s hunger eradication programmes such as command agriculture. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development – Cropping, Cde Davis Marapira, who was the guest speaker at the event, said it is essential that Zimbabwe focuses on ways of adding value to agricultural products rather than selling them in their primary form. The ecstatic graduates said they are going to help ensure the country is food self-sufficient. Gwebi College is one of the country’s leading agricultural institutes which has churned out thousands of students since its...

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Command agric continues to record success

The number of people in need of food aid has dropped by over three million this year owing to the bumper harvest that the country recorded. This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Engineer Tapiwanashe Matangaidze. Government is indeed basking in the glory of success after recording a three million drop of people in need of food aid this year owing to the bumper harvest achieved in the 2016/2017 agriculture season. The figure dropped from four million to one million people in need of food aid after the country received plenty of rains...

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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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