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The District Development Fund has lost close to 90 percent of its vital equipment and has failed to deliver on it mandate to the rural communities in Zimbabwe

Authorities bemoan rot at DDF

Staff Writer The District Development Fund has lost approximately 90 percent of its tractor units affecting its vital tillage services to resettled farmers. The DDF’s mandate includes providing and maintaining sustainable rural development infrastructure, resettlement tillage,...
Industry and Commerce Minister Sekai Nzenza

Gvt turns to private sector to improve Agro-Processing Chain

Nyasha Kunyiswa Government is turning to the private sector to improve Zimbabwe’s Agro-Processing Chain which has been decimated by a number of challenges include the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative seeks to integrate, align policies, strategies, programmes,...
Water Irrigation

Zimbabwe plans to put 350 000ha under irrigation

Harare – Zimbabwe plans to put 350 000 ha under irrigation in the next three seasons as part of the Accelerated Irrigation Rehabilitation and Development Plan. This was revealed by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture,...
Veld fires remain a major environmental and socio-economic threat to Zimbabwe as the country continues to lose considerable amount of land to veld fires each year

Extreme veld fire risk in Zimbabwe

Sydney Kawadza The favourable 2020/2021 agricultural season, while ensuring food security in Zimbabwe, has also increased the country’s veld fires risk which has been classified as extreme. Zimbabwe is targeting to achieve the 25 percent reduction...
Zimbabwe is losing its forests due to logging, fuelwood harvesting, unsustainable agricultural activities, mining, urbanization, timber production and forest fires

Zim losing 260 000ha of forests annually – Minister

Edson Mapani Zimbabwe is losing at least 260 000 hectares of forests annually amid concern from government which has called on for the curtailing of the destruction. Addressing the 2021 graduation ceremony at the Forest Industry...
Over 12 000 Shangaan families to make way for a white-owned commercial dairy operation, while white commercial farmer on land protected by a bilateral agreement with Italy subjected to forcible removal on a Friday night.

Be warned: No more land invasions, except for …

Cathy Buckle Heading north-east on the highway a few days after the easing of the latest COVID-19 lockdown it was a joy to be able to see our beautiful Zimbabwe again. How I had missed...
Crocodile skins

Padenga says F20 earnings to be lower due to limited skin sales

HARARE - Padenga Holdings has issued a profit warning saying forthcoming results for the year to December 31, 2020 will have lower earnings than the comparable year ago period. This comes as luxury shopping behaviour,...
The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board has ditched unpopular auction floors outside Harare

TIMB ditches unpopular out of Harare auction floors

Reason Razao The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board has registered three auction floors in Harare after some registered outside failed to attract farmers and registering sales as low as five percent in the previous season. The...
The fall armyworm has the potential to cause an annual reduction in maize production in Zimbabwe of about 264,000 tonnes, translating into revenue loss of US$83 million.

Small-scale farmers yields under threat from fall armyworm

Staff Writer Many Zimbabwean smallholder maize-growing households are likely to experience hunger due to armyworm invasion in the country, a research conducted by CABI has revealed, CABI has led the first study to explore the income...
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has said the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is fragile and requires close and continued attention and is seeking to raise US$20m to fight perceived food insecurities in the country.

FAO seeking US$20m to overcome food insecurity in Zimbabwe

Staff Writer United Nations agency, the Food and Agriculture Organisation is seeking at least US$20 million to assist 630 000 Zimbabwe overcome expected food insecurity in 2021. According to FAO’s latest Humanitarian Support Plan for 2021,...

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