Category: Agriculture

Runde to alleviate hunger

Runde Rural District Council has stepped up efforts to alleviate hunger and compliment government efforts on food security by holding district agronomy field day. Being one of the most susceptible hunger stricken districts in terms of agro ecological location, Runde Rural District Council started field days in 2013 as a way of enhancing food security at household level. Speaking during a field day at Mapirimiri area in ward five, Runde RDC Chief Executive Officer Mr Gorden Moyo said their prime target is to work towards alleviating hunger for meaningful development in the area. “We are thriving to encourage our...

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Chisumbanje bemoans sugarcane underpayments

Traditional leaders, war veterans and the Chisumbanje community have raised concern over issues of raw sugarcane underpayments to farmers and the undervaluing of tonnage supplied by local sugarcane farmers. Local sugarcane farmers in Chisumbanje who supply GreenFuel with cane under an agreement with the country’s sole ethanol producer have raised concern over underpayments stating that they are being given a paltry $4 per tonne thus deliberately belittling the number of tonnes delivered to the ethanol plant. Speaking at a meeting between war veterans, ARDA chairperson, Joint Operations Command (JOC) members and GreenFuel company representatives in Chisumbanje, sugarcane farmers and...

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Cotton bells shortage hits Chisumbanje

Shortage of cotton bells hits Chisumbanje as farmers await packaging material in order for them to sale their produce in time. Buoyed by increased support by government towards cotton farming to restore production capacity realised in the past, most farmers in Chisumbanje who had shunned the cash crop managed to grow cotton last season. The farmers said the incentives being provided now mean that cotton is now being sold at 51 cents per kg, a price they say is competitive. The farmers who are full of praise for the government support programme to revive cotton farming in the country,...

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Livestock bedrock of Mat South’s economy

Livestock remains the bedrock of the economy of Matabeleland South Province and as such government has deliberately injected resources to capacitate farmers who are in the process of commercialising ranching. The livestock economy, if fully developed can transform the lives of farmers especially those in the semi arid regions like the Matabeleland Provinces and parts of Midlands and Masvingo. The sector whose value chains include the meat and leather value chain can have a huge impact on the economy with the potential to generate foreign currency through exports. Farmers in Matabeleland South through the command livestock programme have benefited...

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Wheat production under threat

About 100 hectares of wheat planted under command agriculture is under threat and showing signs of moisture stress after the power utility officials reportedly switched off electricity for irrigation at some farms in Beatrice, Mashonaland East Province. Efforts by government to resuscitate wheat production may suffer stillbirth if stakeholder antagonism particularly if issues of electricity bills being incurred by farmers under command wheat are not addressed. A snap survey by the ZBC News in Beatrice, Seke district on command wheat production revealed a disturbing scenario as about 100 hectares of the thriving cereal crop was suffering from moisture stress...

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