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Friday 26 April 2013

Zimbabwe

Farming and water

Sibangani Ngwenya raises his arm to show how tall his maize should be standing in a normal March, but a lack of rain means his crop will be a write-off this year.

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Thursday 25 April 2013

Zimbabwe

The grain harvest

ZIMBABWE could face another bleak winter wheat cropping season after it emerged that the government is still making frantic efforts to raise $80 million to grow the cereal, barely two weeks before plantation of the early crop begins.

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Wednesday 24 April 2013

Zimbabwe

The expanding poultry business

The poultry business had become so lucrative at the height of the country’s economic crisis that Air Zimbabwe and the Civil Aviation Authority decided to get into the business and fly out day-old chicks to earn forex.

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Thursday 18 April 2013

Zimbabwe

Tell Mugabwe to sell his bloody US$40 million palace and 27,000 hectares and give them nothing

Government has pleaded with the European Union to intervene and help fund the ailing agriculture sector.

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Friday 22 February 2013

Zimbabwe

Poultry farming

According to the president of Zimbabwe Poultry Producers, Solomon Zawe, the demand of day-old chicks (DOC) is going up every day and the association has a production target of 100 million day-old chicks this year.

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Saturday 12 January 2013

Zimbabwe

Halt to Farm siezures

Senior minister in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has announced an end to the seizure of foreign-owned farms protected under the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.

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Tuesday 18 December 2012

Zimbabwe

Poultry breeding

Zimbabwean agro-conglomerate, CFI Holdings, has commissioned some environmentally-controlled broiler houses at its Glenara Estates, which will see its breeding capacity increase by 35%.

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Thursday 06 December 2012

Zimbabwe

Poultry farming in Equatorial Guinea

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations announced plans to invest $3 million to develop poultry farming in Equatorial Guinea.

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Wednesday 05 December 2012

Zimbabwe

Stock theft epidemic

MORE than 16 000 suspects have been arrested this year for stocktheft and other related cases as police continue their crackdown on cattle rustlers.

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Saturday 17 November 2012

Zimbabwe

Shortage of fertiliser

Zimbabwe is facing a shortage of fertilisers with manufacturers having produced only 252,488 tonnes against national requirement of 600,000 tonnes, Zimbabwe news agency New Ziana reported.

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Wednesday 14 November 2012

Zimbabwe

The country is to good for them

Agricultural revival in Zimbabwe is the trigger for creating a virtuous cycle of wealth creation not only in Zimbabwe, but in the SADC region as a whole.

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Monday 12 November 2012

Zimbabwe

Farming sector grows

Performance of the agriculture sector has improved from 0.9 percent in 2010/11 to 3 percent in 2011/12.

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Thursday 27 September 2012

Zimbabwe

Another bad harvest

Another bad harvest

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Wednesday 26 September 2012

Zimbabwe

Brutal savage natives bring it on themselves

Brutal savage natives bring it on themselves

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Sunday 02 September 2012

Zimbabwe

Drop in cotton harvest

Zimbabwe's cotton production has dropped by about 1600 kilogrammes per hectare compared to last year, according to the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU).

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Saturday 04 August 2012

Zimbabwe

Drop in wheat production

Zimbabwe wheat production has fell by over 5000 hectares compared to last year as a result of governments' failure to avail the promised US$20 million input support scheme to farmers.

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Tuesday 31 July 2012

Zimbabwe

Farm theft on a grand scale

Zimbabwe’s government will not pay any compensation to white farmers for land seized since the 2000 agrarian reforms, according to a new draft constitution.

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Monday 23 July 2012

Zimbabwe

Government buys all cotton

The Zimbabwean government has declared itself the sole buyer of cotton in the country, as the four-month price war between farmers and merchants over the price of the crop rages on.

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Wednesday 18 July 2012

Zimbabwe

The Mugabe dairy farm

Grace Mugabe has increased the type of dairy products her farm produces and is now selling sour milk at the OK Bazaars.

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Monday 16 July 2012

Zimbabwe

Cattle rustlers get jail time

The syndicate was busted in June by Guruve police after they tracked down a suspicious Harare taxi that had been visiting the area frequently.

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Sunday 24 June 2012

Zimbabwe

Cotton farming

Amos Mhodzi (63) has been growing cotton on his piece of land since he was a teenager and over the years he has mastered the art of growing the “white gold”.

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Saturday 23 June 2012

Zimbabwe

Buying cattle on credit

According to Bernama.com, under the scheme, farmers are expected to pay a minimum of 35 USD per month over a period of five years for 10 head of cattle, an official of the Cattle Ownership Trust, Rutendo Moyo, told New Ziana.

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Friday 15 June 2012

Zimbabwe

Buying cattle on finance

Farmers in Zimbabwe will be able to buy cattle through monthly instalments under a scheme launched by the Cattle Ownership Trust to help boost livestock production.

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Wednesday 13 June 2012

Zimbabwe

Big problems for poultry farmers

Zimbabwe’s farmers are losing around one million broiler eggs per month due to power cuts and disconnections.

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Thursday 31 May 2012

Zimbabwe

Cobb Africa technical school

Nine African countries, 100 delegates, at Cobb Africa technical school

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Saturday 26 May 2012

Zimbabwe

Cobb Africa technical school hosted by Irvine’s Zimbabwe

More than 100 delegates from nine African countries took part in a three-day Cobb technical school organised by Cobb Africa and run at Irvine’s Zimbabwe at Harare.

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Monday 07 May 2012

Zimbabwe

Cleaning up poultry farms

Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Mwenya Musenge has given a six-month ultimatum to management at Hybrid Poultry in Kitwe to ensure that the welfare of employees is improved.

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Friday 04 May 2012

Zimbabwe

Zanu pf on heifer project

Robert Mugabe's political party Zanu Pf has hi-jaked Non Governmental Organisations' programs that are aimed at bringing aid to the rural folks in a bid to hoodwink the masses ahead of the envisaged elections.

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Zimbabwe

Zanu Pf taking over ngo’s heifer projects

After Heifer International Zimbabwe started their project of giving the rural population heifers in the Midlands Province of the country, Political party activists who are Zanu Pf cadres are gracing the occasions hoodwinking the masses that Zanu Pf is behind the initiatives.

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Monday 30 April 2012

Zimbabwe

More problems on the farm

Government will never allow white former commercial farmers ousted under the Land Reform Programme to return, Zanu-PF secretary for land reforms and resettlement Cde Ignatius Chombo has said.

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Saturday 28 April 2012

Zimbabwe

More trouble on the farm

For more than 10 consecutive years since President Robert Mugabe's government embarked on a land reform program targeting white farmers, Zimbabwe will have to import food this year to avert hunger as its new farmers can not produce enough.

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Zimbabwe

Trouble on the farm

Nendanga shakes his head as he watches his wilting crop from the shade of his hut.

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Friday 20 April 2012

Zimbabwe

Boost for poultry farmers

Emka completes large-scale projects

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Friday 06 April 2012

Zimbabwe

Problems on the farm

The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has warned that Zimbabwe is facing a "major crisis," after a third of the country's maize crops were declared a write off.

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Sunday 26 February 2012

Zimbabwe

Tobacco farming problems

Zimbabwe Farmers Union Director, Paul Zakariya, said the decentralization of auction floors would minimize the costs and improve the quality of the crop.

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Friday 24 February 2012

Zimbabwe

Tobacco farming

Zimbabwe Farmers Union Director, Paul Zakariya, said the decentralization of auction floors would minimize the costs and improve the quality of the crop.

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Monday 20 February 2012

Zimbabwe

Nestles and dairy cows

Nestle Zimbabwe's project to boost milk production is now in full swing with the company distributing 100 imported heifers to new farmers joining the programme.

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Saturday 18 February 2012

Zimbabwe

Down on the farm

According to statistics released by Agritex, maize planted between November and December last year covered 379 993 ha compared to 247 000 ha put under the staple crop this season.

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Friday 03 February 2012

Zimbabwe

Farm groups unites

The Zimbabwe Farmers Union has joined hands with the Commercial Farmers Union in the promotion of commodity associations that encourage crop specialisation in farming activities.

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Tuesday 20 December 2011

Zimbabwe

US$100 million farm bill

GOVERNMENT yesterday launched US$100 million Agricultural Marketing Authority Bills to buy inputs for farmers for the 2012 season.

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Saturday 17 December 2011

Zimbabwe

Climate change and farming

As she surveys her small, bare plot in Zimbabwe’s capital, farmer Janet Vambe knows something serious is happening, even if she has never heard of climate change.

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Zimbabwe

The ruination of tobacco farming

Robert Mugabe devastated Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry in 2000 by driving white farmers off their land and giving it to his allies. Now British American Tobacco Plc is profiting from tobacco grown on those properties.

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Tuesday 13 December 2011

Zimbabwe

More farming trouble

The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has blamed the chaotic land grab campaign for the current food shortages in the country, saying destructive land policies have "shattered" Zimbabwe's agriculture.

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Sunday 11 December 2011

Zimbabwe

Turning the clock back on farming

Zimbabwe's controversial land reform faring now

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Friday 18 November 2011

Zimbabwe

A look at the poultry industry

“Broiler chicken lots contain no more than 100 chickens as I am not able to manage bigger projects given my advanced age and my swollen knee. The chicken lots are separated by a three week age difference to maintain a constant supply of chickens to the ever growing market.

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Sunday 13 November 2011

Zimbabwe

Poultry feed problems

The Poultry Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) has warned poultry producers against buying stockfeeds from unregistered vendors and numerous hardware’s that have sprouted, as some of the feeds were fake.

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Thursday 13 October 2011

Zimbabwe

Chinese farm investment

CHINA has donated food worth US$14 million to Zimbabwe to help people in districts affected by drought last farming season.

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Sunday 09 October 2011

Zimbabwe

Cattle rustling

Women from North Rift pastoral communities have launched a joint venture to contain cattle rustling.The women, drawn from Pokot, Marakwet, Turkana and Samburu communities, will undertake common business enterprises to boost peaceful co-existence and improve food security in the region.

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Friday 07 October 2011

Zimbabwe

Farm evictions

The Commercial Farmers Union confirmed the evictions but declined to identify the affected farmers or disclose their locations, fearing reprisal attacks after a farmer was murdered on his property last week.

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Thursday 22 September 2011

Zimbabwe

Tobacco farming

Agriculture experts estimate that it costs between US$4 500 and US$5 000 to grow a hectare of tobacco and that, owing to very low yields, most of Zimbabwe’s “new farmers” are currently struggling to realise significant profits.

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