Category: Agriculture

Zim eyes $2bn oil seed exports      

Zimbabwe is eyeing a cumulative figure of $2 billion over the next two years on growing demand of sunflower and other oil producing seeds on the international market. Demand for sunflower seed on the international market is growing prompting players in the industry to project a massive jump in returns over the next two years. The Oil Seed Association of Zimbabwe which is mainly driving the sales on the international market is currently inundated with a demand that will earn the country substantial revenue under the projected period. This positive sentiment rings good news for the sunflower seed farming...

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Byo Kraal Irrigation Project set for massive expansion

Government has announced plans to expand Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Project in Binga to 15 000 hectares with an estimated maize output of around 150 metric tonnes per annum in a bid to create more jobs and create export-led economic growth. The Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Project which is part of the Zambezi Green Valley (ZAGREVA) project is set for massive expansion which will transform it into Matabeleland North irrigation giant and make Binga an economic hub. The planned expansion will see the hectares under cropping being increased to around 15 000 hectares. Currently the hectarage under irrigation is 400 hectares....

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GZU trains sugar cane farmers

Experts in sugarcane farming say smallholder farmers have potential to contribute significantly to the country’s sugarcane yield but need requisite training to increase productivity. As sugarcane farmers move towards increasing the cane yield to 120 tonnes per hectare by 2020 against the current average yield of 76 tonnes per hectare, training has been cited as an important component to reach the target. A number of small-holder farmers are going through training with the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in the hope to empower them with new trends on sugarcane farming. Professor Munashe Shoko, who is leading the training programme, says...

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TIMB extends credit scheme to young farmers 

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has extended the tobacco inputs credit scheme to over 1 000 youths to grow the golden leaf under the banner ‘Young Farmers Club’. The youths identified under the club in tobacco greenbelts will benefit from the TIMB tobacco credit scheme programme launched in Muzarabani. The young farmers’ representatives hailed the initiative that will avail inputs for one hectare including 10 bags of fertiliser, land pack chemicals, bailing material and working capital. “This arrangement is going be a game changer, bringing the programme to the grassroots will enable easy and cheaper access to...

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Piggery projects for Chipinge South schools

The Chipinge South legislator has embarked on an ambitious piggery project to support all schools in his constituency as part of schools’ fundraising initiatives. Having started a viable piggery project at his farm in Middle Sabi, Honorable Porusingazi has set his sight on turning Chipinge South into a pig breeding power house. He said he thought of supporting local schools by giving them pigs to start piggery projects after having realised high returns when he started his own project. The Chipinge South legislator-cum-farmer said schools should be capacitated to generate revenue in order to reduce the funding burden from...

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