Category: Agriculture

Women farmers excel

Zimbabwe’s empowerment agenda has seen women coming out of their marginal confines to benefit in various sectors and their success stories are being celebrated every day. One such story is found at Summerhill Farm in Doma, Mhangura that is boasting of a thriving wheat and potato crop on over 150 hectares and a promising livestock project. The farm is on a 345 hectare space, 220 being arable land. Currently, over 100 hectares have a wheat crop and 50 hectares an almost maturing potato crop. It is success earned through the land reform programme, according to farm owner, Norma Mliswa. “The land reform programme empowered me but it was never easy to set up a successful farming venture, let alone a highly mechanized one. I have entered into strategic partnerships and they are indeed bringing forth positive results,” he said. Looking forward, Mliswa said she is expecting a high yield of at least 8-10 tonnes per hectare from the wheat crop and intends to upscale cattle farming. Zimbabwe is making every effort to advance empowerment of women in almost all sectors be it mining, agriculture, industry and science. Despite farming being a natural task for most women, few of them have braved to venture into the commercial...

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Harare Agric Show ends

The 2018th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show ends today with optimism by exhibitors on lucrative business deals. Zimbabwe Agricultural Society chairman Mr Ivan Craig has described the Harare Agricultural Show as a success. Mr Craig said renewed business confidence coupled with stable macro economic conditions also created a positive platform for exhibitors to showcase products and services. “It was a great deal and initiative to the extent we are really grateful to the show organisers for their level of commitment,” he said. Exhibitors said this year’s show also created opportunities of viable business deals, networking, expanding operations, and...

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First Lady tours Harare Agricultural Show stands

The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says she is impressed with the response of farming communities to government’s efforts towards growing the economy through agro-processing and value addition as shown by the different products that she saw when she toured some stands at the Harare Agricultural Show this morning. She was also impressed with how industry is embracing import substitution through the use of locally available raw materials and how some sectors have managed to improve capacity utilisation and exports. Accompanied by the Secretary for Women’s Affairs in the ruling Zanu PF party and former deputy speaker of parliament...

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Enhance research competencies: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has exhorted stakeholders to enhance research competencies to improve all sub sectors in the agriculture sector. Speaking during the official opening of the 108th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show, the President said the need to constantly improve agriculture productivity coupled with ever increasing market competitiveness requires consistent investment. He said the country is proud of the event as it offers opportunities for government, business and other stakeholders to network. “It’s an opportunity for partnerships between government and the private sector. Climate change is a challenge and I urge farmers to fully utilise the water sources in...

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LIVE: Harare Agric Show official opening

1453: That brings to an end our live updates. Thank you for joining us! 1450: The President is now handing over prizes to the best exhibitors. President Mnangagwa handing over prizes 1448: He thanks the ZAS for successfully organising the agricultural show as he declares this year’s show officially opened. 1443: The President challenges the ZAS to introduce agribusiness conferences to promote agriculture.  1442: He reaffirms his government’s commitment to continue supporting the agriculture sector through the Command Agriculture and the Presidential Inputs Scheme adding the programmes are not election gimmicks but are there to enhance food security, mechanisation and modernisation...

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