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COVID-19 response must target African agriculture and the rural poor

Olusegun Obasanjo and Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe ROME, Italy,  - Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the continent looks like it could be the worst hit from the...

Tobacco sales top US$14m on day seven

HARARE - At least 6.16 million kilograms of tobacco worth 13.95 million US dollars have been sold so far since the start of tobacco selling season, statistics from the industry regulator show. The Tobacco Industry...

TIMB sees 15% drop in tobacco volume to 220m kgs; 30% sales decentralised

Farai Mabeza HARARE – Zimbabwe expects that 30 percent of all tobacco sales will be done outside Harare after Government gazetted a statutory instrument authorising the setting up of decentralised tobacco auction sites in the...

Zim national herd declines by 5% due to drought and disease

Farai Mabeza The national cattle herd decreased by 4.7 % from 5 774 525 in 2018 to 5 489 364 in 2019, according to the First Round Crop and Livestock Assessment Report for the 2019/2020...

Command Agric funds all accounted for: Sakunda

Staff Writer Funds availed for government’s Command Agriculture were accounted for and everything done was above board, Sakunda Holdings officials have declared explaining that they only received a third of the US$3 billion figure that's...

TSL says Q2 volumes to be affected by late start to tobacco marketing season

HARARE - TSL says the late start to the tobacco marketing season volumes in the second quarter of all tobacco related businesses are expected to be below prior year although this is expected to...

Tobacco farmers to get 50% of proceeds in foreign currency

Farai Mabeza Tobacco farmers will get fifty percent of their proceeds in foreign currency, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) announced. In a statement the two organisations said the money...

Zimbabwe sees 6% drop in 2020 milk production

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s raw milk production growth is projected to drop to six percent due to the harsh operating environment, it has emerged. Challenges such as high cost of feed to subsidize the low hay...

Millers pleads with Parly over US$43m debt

Xolisani Ncube The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has pleaded with Parliament to assist its members settle a US$43m owed to wheat suppliers for 2017-2018 period. In letter penned by Tafadzwa Musarara after his recent...

Women form backbone of Africa’s economy

Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development takes stock and answers three questions about African women and agriculture and gives us results from the ground in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Sudan ...
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