Category: Agriculture

Parly Lands Committee in pre-budget consultations

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development is in the process of gathering input from stakeholders on proposals they want to be included in the 2017/2018 national budget. A consultative meeting held at the Grain Marketing Board Lions Den depot saw stakeholders giving their input on the budget proposals, among the issues the speed implementation of command livestock, decentralisation of tobacco auction floors and improvement on farm mechanisation and irrigation development. Some proposed that the command agriculture programme should speedly implement the livestock production programme especially in climatic regions not suitable for crop farming. Others...

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German climate experts train farmers in Mat South

German climate change experts are rolling out a training programme for farmers in Gwanda and Beitbridge to help them mitigate the devastating effects of climate change. Western Farmers Consortium Coordinator, Mr Donald Khumalo said the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity demand farmers to adapt if food self sufficiency is to be guaranteed, hence the importance of such training programmes. Dr Ludwig Pulschen from Senior Expert Service in Germany said it is unfortunate that wealthy countries have contributed to climate change which is now burdening Africa more than the gas emitters. Matabeleland South Province is among the regions...

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Zim on track to achieve food security

Zimbabwe is on track to achieve food security on the back of a bumper harvest for the 2016/2017 summer cropping season which has also translated into increased economic growth in line with ZIM ASSET aims on the food security and nutrition cluster. Food security is key towards economic growth with the bumper harvest having created opportunities for the country to maximise in terms of increasing the value chain of the food processing industry. While the country’s socio-economic blue print ZIM ASSET cluster seeks to ensure that the country has adequate stocks of food to sustain industry and commerce, with...

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All set for Presidential cotton inputs distribution

All is now set for the distribution of the 2017/2018 presidential cotton free inputs with over 400 000 families expected to benefit from the programme. The movement of fertilisers, cotton seed and chemicals to distribution points in all cotton growing areas is almost complete with families expected to converge in their respective districts to register for the free inputs. The farmers commended the Presidential Cotton Free Inputs Scheme for reviving the growing of cotton and enabling the rural folk in cotton greenbelts of Muzarabani, Gokwe, Chiredzi, Mount Darwin and Mbire, among others, to raise money for school fees, food...

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Byo Kraal irrigation Scheme bearing fruit

The Zanu PF Women’s League provincial leadership has expressed satisfaction with the operations at Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme in Binga. The party’s provincial chairperson in the Women’s League, Cde Madeline Bhebhe revealed this after a tour of the irrigation scheme to assess the operations. 100 hectares of seed maize, 25 hectares of seed millet and 6 hectares of potatoes are all at various stages of growth with part of the seed maize expected to have matured in two weeks time. Cde Bhebhe commended the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe for ensuring that the operations kick off with local women...

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