Category: Agriculture

Govt launches Bean Compact Programme

The government has launched the Bean Compact Programme aimed at promoting high iron beans, enhance nutrition and food security in line with the National Food Fortification Policy. The launch of the Bean Compact Programme was done by the Permanent Secretary in the newly expanded Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Culture and Rural Resettlement Engineer Ringson Chitsiko in Harare and its main objective is to promote wide, vibrant adoption of good agricultural practices for increased high iron beans production in the country. “In Zimbabwe the project aims to reach 200 000 households with high iron beans (HIB) resulting in increased...

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Zim’s coffee production bound for major boom

Zimbabwe’s coffee production sector is bound for a major boom following an interest by global coffee processor Nespresso for a long-term investment plan to revive the country’s coffee industry and stimulate the rural economy. A huge boost for the coffee farming industry especially small holder farmers following  an announcement by Nestle’ Nespresso Global to buy more than 95 percent of the high quality coffee by Zimbabwean smallholders this season which will be available to global consumers in 2019. Nespresso Global Chief Executive Officer Jean Marc Duvoisin confirmed through their  official website that they are investing in reviving coffee farming...

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GMB urged to fast track buying of maize

Farmers in Chipinge have raised concern over delays being encountered in the delivery and uptake of grain at their local depot.  Long queues of trucks ferrying grain are now a common feature at the entrance of the Chipinge Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depot as farmers make frantic efforts to deliver their produce to the national granary ahead of commencement of the 2018/2019 season. The farmers said they are spending days at the depot before being served and this is bringing negative costs on transport which they would have hired. “We have slept at the GMB gate for days now...

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Govt lays out grand plan for drought

The government has put in place drought mitigation measures which will see all farmers growing small grains under command agriculture so as deal with the anticipated El Nino weather conditions which may affect crop production during the 2018/2019 agriculture season. The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri said in view of the predicted El Nino phenomenon forecasted by weather experts, the government has instituted a deliberate national programme which calls for all A2 and A1 farmers to grow small grains to mitigate against the impact of the anticipated drought. “Our meteorological sensors...

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Sugar beans farmers shift to contract farming

Sugar beans farmers in Middle Sabi have partnered local seed houses to mitigate against inputs and marketing challenges while in the process increase their profit margins. Contract farming can offer many benefits to farmers including guaranteed markets and enhanced productivity. Faced with challenges of inputs and markets, Middle Sabi sugar beans farmers have shifted to contract farming and are growing sugar cane seed that is more lucrative. “Previously we had challenges in accessing inputs as well as a ready market. Due to improved supply of inputs we are looking forward for a bumper harvest. Contract farming for seed beans...

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