Category: Agriculture

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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Epping Forest water project benefits farmers

Nyamandlovu farmers are set to benefit from a US$5.2 million water project undertaken by Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA). Productivity in the Nyamandlovu farming area is set to increase when water from Epping Forest starts flowing into the prime farming areas just outside Bulawayo as it is pumped into Rochester Water Works. The 7-km pipeline that cuts through the heart of the farm land in Nyamandlovu is set to irrigate vast tracks of lands, a development that is set to capacitate and further empower farmers most of whom are beneficiaries of the land reform programme. Fifty-six boreholes have been sunk and installed to pump water from the aquifer. Addressing stakeholders who toured the project, Engineer Joel Mbatha said that local farmers are part of the critical stakeholders set to benefit from the project. Following a tour of the project, Bulawayo City Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo said the full utilisation of aquifer water will help mitigate against drought in the Matabeleland region.  Farmers in Nyamandlovu are not only producers of beef, but have the capacity to grow crops under...

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Wheat crop a write off in Middle Sabi  

More than 400 hectares of wheat in the Middle Sabi are now being considered a write off after farmers failed to harvest their crop before the onset of the rains. A myriad of challenges that include a record number of quelea birds that ravaged wheat fields and devoured over 40 percent of yield in the area, poor wheat seed variety and shortage of tillage equipment and combine harvesters affected wheat farming this season with the recent three wet spells resulting in about 400 hectors of wheat being considered a write off. Middle Sabi Farmers’ Syndicate chairperson Skumbuzo Todhlana says...

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Agric value chain, a cash cow for farmers

By Elijah Chihota Zimbabwean farmers toil day in day out even late into the night carrying out their farming operations, but at the end of the day, some of them are not realising the full potential of their labour. The ZIM ASSET’s Value Addition and Beneficiation Cluster, seeks to drive the further processing of raw materials into usable goods for the benefit of local consumers and the creation of employment. Instead of selling their farm produce in its raw state, farmers could embark on the beneficiation route and realise more benefits from their harvests. Farmers, who are into mixed...

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