Agriculture

  • Zim’s involvement in the AGRF for food security 

    The advent of COVID-19 has left countries reeling. Africa’s food security has been threatened and the need for a remedy is vital. The annual AGRF (African Green Revolution Forum) summit’s them was “Grow. Nourish. Reward. Bold Actions for Resilient Food Systems”. This forum’s aim is to move Africa’s agriculture forward. President Emmerson Mnangagwa attended the summit in support of its drive,…

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  • AGRIBANK EXTENDS LOANS TO FARMERS

    By Staff Reporter The Agriculture Finance Corporation AFC commonly known as “Agribank”  is a commercial bank that was licensed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and began operating in 1999. Although it has remained a commercial bank, it has a thrust for Agricultural development with particular emphasis on extending loans to farmers. Since Zimbabwe is an Agro-based economy, the part that…

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  • PFUMVUDZA/INTWASA PROGRAMME INCREASES HOPE FOR A BUMPER HARVEST 

    By Staff Reporter Crops planted under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme are looking healthy and a good harvest is likely to be achieved in the 2021/2022 cropping season. This came out during an assessment of crops that were planted under the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme in the Kwekwe to Gokwe North area. “The crops have done exceedingly well. All the crops are looking…

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  • GOVERNMENT SETTLES OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS TO COTTON FARMERS 

    By Staff Reporter Following treasury’s disbursement of ZW$500 million, the Cotton company of Zimbabwe, COTTCO has begun the process of settling outstanding dues to farmers for last year’s cropping season. The cotton company’s managing director Pius Manamike however said the total amount owed to farmers is ZW$1.5 billion for the 2021 season, adding that treasury has pledged to release  ZW$500 million…

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  • COTTCO BENEFITS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL INPUT SCHEME

    By Staff Reporter The presidential free input scheme has put cotton back on top, as the crop reclaimed its position as one of Zimbabwe’s biggest sources of foreign currency. In 2016, cotton brought in a paltry US$4,6 million but in just 5 years it has earned  US$67 million for the country, which translates to over a thousand percent increase. The Cotton…

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  • MASHONALAND EAST’S SAMBOK DAM COMPLETE 

    By Staff Reporter The National Development Strategy One (NDS1), continues to bear fruit with the construction of a USD2 million dam becoming the latest feather in its cap. The recently completed privately owned dam, located in Marondera, is set to provide irrigation for the farmers in the area, thereby boosting agricultural production. The dam which has a capacity of 3…

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  • GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE 

    By Staff Reporter The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural development Dr Anxious Masuka says the Government is committed to agricultural insurance, which will cushion farmers from unexpected events. Dr Masuka, who was speaking at the launch of a Government insurance model for farmers, said the Government has set in motion an agriculture and rural service insurance plan…

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  • ZIMBABWE SIGNS EXPORT DEAL WITH CHINA

    By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe is now one of the countries that can export fruit directly to China after the two countries signed the citrus trade protocol. The agreement which is set to pave way for local citrus producers to export their produce to the Asian giant is meant to curb over reliance on South Africa and other European countries. Acting…

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  • COMMAND AGRICULTURE LOANS REPAID

    By Staff Reporter The toxic culture of non payment of loans is coming to an end in the agricultural sector as 85% of wheat farmers who benefited under command agriculture in 2021 repaid their loans. Contrary to previous years where there was a lot of defaulting, the farmers paid back CBZ agro-yield loan funds after delivering their wheat to the…

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  • ZIMBABWE’S CANNABIS EXPORTS SET TO INCREASE

    By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe’s cannabis industry continues to grow with new markets demanding imports from the country.  Chief Executive Officer and founder of the  Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust, Dr Zorodzai Maroveke says international buyers have showed great interest in  Zimbabwe’s industrial hemp which is expected to expand the country’s export earnings this year. She said  last year Zimbabwe  exported about…

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