Category: Agriculture

Communal farmers benefit from govt’s irrigation scheme

Work on the government programme to ensure every district in the country gets at least 200 hectares under irrigation is now underway with communities in Masvingo among those anticipating to benefit from this initiative. Agriculture remains the mainstay for most rural communities with families heavily reliant on earning a living from tilling the land or cattle rearing. Areas which experience low rainfall and periodic droughts like Masvingo, however, get affected in their farming activities. The government’s programme to ensure that every districts puts at least 200 hectares under irrigation will go a long way in ensuring good yields for...

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Cotton farmers in Mat North receive inputs

The government through the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe is targeting to provide cotton inputs enough for a hectare to 160 000 households in Matabeleland North Province through the Presidential Inputs Scheme as efforts are underway to improve the production of the white gold in the country. The production of cotton in Matabeleland North Province which began in 2016 through the Presidential Well Wishers Agricultural Programme is fast gaining momentum with one farmer in Tsholotsho Mr Biggy Nyoni targeting at least 60 bales of the white gold in the 2016-17 agricultural season. Officiating during a programme to launch the distribution...

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GMB warns farmers

The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has appealed to smallholder farmers to desist from selling maize to middlemen as they incur revenue loss by doing so. Middlemen are paying smallholder farmers as little as $180 per tonne and in turn sell to the grain to the GMB at $390 per tonne. Speaking at the launch of the Presidential Inputs Scheme for Chiweshe district, GMB General Manager, Mr Rockie Mutenha urged farmers not to sell to middlemen, adding that the  company is paying farmers in one and half weeks at most. “I am worried that you are selling to middlemen who...

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Agribank secures US$30m credit line

A developmental financier, IDC South Africa has extended a US$30 million line of credit to Agribank to assist in the recovery of Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector. The facility, which was approved by the South African based Industrial Bank directors today, will provide foreign exchange to productive sectors. Agribank CEO, Mr Sam Malaba said the credit line bears testimony of regional financial lending agencies’ confidence on Zimbabwe’s economy. “Indeed the facility has been approved and very soon, we shall start lending it to the relevant beneficiaries in the economy,” he said. Apart from the IDC South Africa facility, the state owned...

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Kanyemba community receive sustainable projects

The First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa has handed over sustainable projects to the Kanyemba community. This follows her visit to the area less than two months ago where she witnessed first- hand the challenges and aspirations of the people. With less than two months after visiting Kanyemba, the First Lady has introduced and handed over sustainable projects to the Vadoma people. She handed over a modern garden project, fish farming project and a solar powered borehole which is now providing tapped water to the community and Mariga Primary School. The First Lady also officially opened a clinic at Mariga...

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