Category: Agriculture

Pursue agric agenda, President urged

The people of Mudzi say President Emmerson Mnangagwa must advance the farming programme he began under the Command Agriculture Programme last year by increasing input distribution for more rural communities. Mudzi district is one of the ruling Zanu PF party’s strongholds, with its relationship with the revolutionary party dating back to the days of the armed struggle. Situated 300km from Harare, Nyahunu area in Nyakadecha on the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique is one of the remotest parts of the country and the people there rarely get to know what happens outside their area. However, news of the coming in of President Mnangagwa reached them and now their immediate request to him is to aid them with farming inputs so that 2017 can be a good farming season for them. Some acknowledged that their area could be in the remote parts but they too want to be associated with their president. There is a positive vibe that Cde Mnangagwa will revive the fortunes of many rural communities by advancing programmes that also centre on this demographic sector which has in the past been left...

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ARDA PPPs move a gear up

New investors courted by the Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) have unveiled new agricultural technology and have started planting vast tracks of maize and soya beans  at ARDA Nijo Estate on the outskirts of Harare. The public private partnerships (PPPs) between ARDA and investors have moved a gear up with foreign and local companies jostling for land to kick start agricultural projects. Some of the investors who were sitting on the fence have jumped in full force with Agric-Alliance being one of the companies to start business at ARDA Nijo Estate, thanks to the new political dispensation which ARDA...

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Establish vibrant orchards, farmers urged

Farmers in Mashonaland Central Province have been challenged to establish vibrant orchards at their farmers in commemoration of the tree planting day. Zimbabwe has set aside the first Saturday of December as the start of the tree planting season with this year’s focus on fruit trees. Addressing stakeholders at the provincial tree planting day in Concession, Forestry Commission Provincial Manager, Ms Alice Tafirei said turning farms in orchards brings value to the farm, hence the need for farmers to consider that this agricultural season. The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs, Advocate Martin Dinha said planting trees...

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Farm produce prices decline

Prices of most farm produce at Mbare musika vegetable market are on a downward trend with tomatoes, mazhanje, watermelons and mangoes flooding the market at the onset of the rainy season. Farmers and traders who spoke to the ZBC News said the rains have led to flooding of the market with some seasonal crops like vegetables and fruits causing their prices to go down. Cabbages were trading at 40 cents per head. The price of potatoes was pegged at $8 for a 10kg pocket with onions and butternuts fetching $2.50 for a 10kg pocket. Watermelons were ranging from 50cents...

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Irrigation scheme ignites villagers’ hope          

An irrigation project in Chief Mapanzure’s Mutiziwa village has ignited hope among villagers that food self-sustenance will now be a reality. The Councillor for the area Cde Martin Mapfumo says the December 3 deadline set for the completion has been achieved. More than 300 villagers worked on the project which has seen a dam wall and a nutritional garden constructed. The villagers are optimistic that food self-sustenance will be...

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