News from Zimbabwe

04-04-2014 03:42 AM
Zimbabwe FA boss looks to farming
Zimbabwe FA chairman Cuthbert Dube intends to push ahead with plans for the association to turn to farming to help fund its operations. Dube was re...
03-04-2014 02:56 AM
Hope for female farmers
The Director of Women Farmers, Land and Agricultural Trust (WFLAT), Phides Mazhawidza, said land utilisation patterns among newly resettled female far...
18-12-2013 09:51 AM
Zimbabwe farmers benefit from cattle collateral
A new bank in rural Zimbabwe does not have air conditioning or smartly dressed clerks - instead it has cow dung and labourers wearing overalls. In ...
06-09-2013 07:17 AM
Beef industry brings few gains for farmers
Smallholder farmers have become the main suppliers of Zimbabwe's beef industry, in the wake of the government's fast-track land redistribution program...
17-07-2013 00:20 AM
ZFU in cattle vaccination drive
The Zimbabwe Farmers' Union has embarked on a programme to vaccinate cattle against diseases that broke out recently in some parts of the country. ...
20-06-2013 09:39 AM
Zimbabwe’s bovine bank a cash cow
William Mukurazita’s deposit at the bank has four legs and moos. Zimbabwe’s first “cattle bank” has just opened its books in a unique kind of banki...
07-05-2013 09:24 AM
EU and AU to increase cooperation on agriculture
Agriculture must be and remain a priority, not only for the African Union, not only for the European Union, not only for the world's other major regio...
19-04-2013 09:31 AM
Zimbabwe: Govt Eyes Irrigation Law to Boost Farm Sector
Bulawayo — 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...
17-04-2013 15:30 PM
Winter wheat crop preparations lag
ZIMBABWE could face another bleak winter wheat cropping season after it emerged that the government is still making frantic efforts to raise $80 milli...
11-04-2013 08:14 AM
Zimbabwe pleads for more agriculture funding from EU
Speaking today (Wednesday ) at the official launch of European Union support to Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector, the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of...
19-02-2013 08:49 AM
9 000 cattle perish from drought
“The most affected district in Matabeleland South Province is Mangwe, which has lost a total of 5 476 head of cattle since late 2012, with Matobo and ...
31-01-2013 10:23 AM
Armyworm Outbreak Destroys Crops
Masvingo Bureau — An armyworm outbreak and flooding have destroyed over 10 000 hectares of crops in Masvingo. The armyworm has destroyed vast tract...
25-01-2013 08:15 AM
Rescuing Zimbabwe’s livestock industry
Among the many sectors of Zimbabwe’s economy that have declined progressively over the years is agriculture which, until the millennium 12 years ago, ...
21-01-2013 08:37 AM
Heavy rains kill cattle in Mat South
Veterinary officials in Matabeleland South say the recent heavy rains recorded in the province have resulted in the death of more livestock. Report...
07-01-2013 07:33 AM
'Livestock will take long to beef up'
According to livestock specialists, Matabeleland South lost more than 9 000 cattle due to shortage of pasture and water, with Mangwe district being th...
04-01-2013 09:22 AM
Zimbabwe to halt seizure of some farms, says minister
A senior minister in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has announced an end to the seizure of foreign-owned farms protected under the Bilateral Inve...
20-12-2012 09:58 AM
Onslaught against farmers threatens future investment
Future investment in Zimbabwe remains under threat, because of the ongoing campaign to remove all commercial farmers from their land. This week a f...
20-12-2012 09:55 AM
Banket farmer lucky to be alive after ‘assassination attempt’
Piet Zwanikken, a Dutch national who has been farming on his Riverhead farm for 15 years, is now recovering in hospital with a serious face wound. The...
14-12-2012 09:04 AM
Zimbabwe livestock mortality rate drops
Zimbabwe’s livestock mortality rate has gone down from 12% to 6% over the past year courtesy of a $3,7 cash injection by the Food and Agriculture Orga...
29-11-2012 09:31 AM
16 000 stock thieves arrested across Zimbabwe
More than 16 000 suspects have been arrested this year for stocktheft and other related cases as police continue their crackdown on cattle rustlers. ...
27-11-2012 09:32 AM
Zimbabwe government misses anthrax vaccination target
Lack of funding is preventing the Zimbabwe government from vaccinating cattle against anthrax this year, an official said Monday. The government ha...
07-11-2012 08:52 AM
Reviving agriculture only way out for Zimbabwe
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 who...
05-11-2012 08:26 AM
Zimbabwe's agricultural sector short of fertilisers
Zimbabwe is facing a shortage of fertilisers with manufacturers having produced only 252,488 tonnes against national requirement of 600,000 tonnes, Zi...
12-10-2012 08:43 AM
Cotton farmers at risk from pesticides
Any talk of farming at any level, by any one, evokes images of cotton and the successes it brought about. There has been quite a number of players who...
19-09-2012 08:14 AM
Zim urged to lift ban on growing GMO food
From poultry products to fish, potatoes to apples, Johnson Moyo, a primary school teacher in Bulawayo, has come to enjoy what many Zimbabweans once co...
11-09-2012 08:15 AM
Zimbabwe crops fail, hunger looms
Of Zimbabwe’s almost 13 million people, 1.6 million of them will require food aid, and the number is likely to grow. An estimated 1.8 million tons of ...
04-09-2012 09:03 AM
Zimbabwe, Botswana, U.S. $64 million deal sealed
Zimbabwe and Botswana yesterday finally signed the agreement to start operating the 500 million pula (US$64,3 million) lines of credit to help revive ...
09-07-2012 08:26 AM
State is sole cotton buyer in Zimbabwe
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 ...
05-07-2012 10:14 AM
Four cattle rustlers sentenced to 54 years
The syndicate was busted in June by Guruve police after they tracked down a suspicious Harare taxi that had been visiting the area frequently. Officer...
28-06-2012 07:04 AM
Zimbabwe grain millers criticise government
The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) on Wednesday criticised the government for failing to fund wheat production while continuing to impor...
07-06-2012 09:33 AM
Cotton farmers in quandary
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...
21-05-2012 07:33 AM
Zimbabwe cattle breeders pasture vanishes
Lorraine Mabuza stands outside her cattle pen. She wears a pensive look, and the source of her troubles is not hard to guess. "I do not know where ...
16-04-2012 07:43 AM
Gov't won't allow white farmers back
Government will never allow white former commercial farmers ousted under the Land Reform Programme to return, Zanu-PF secretary for land reforms and r...
11-04-2012 07:32 AM
Zimbabwe struggling to meet demand
For more than 10 consecutive years since President Robert Mugabe’s government embarked on a land reform program targeting white farmers, Zimbabw...
09-04-2012 07:34 AM
Hunger ravages Zimbabwe's dry regions
Nendanga shakes his head as he watches his wilting crop from the shade of his hut.
21-03-2012 07:30 AM
Zimbabwe agriculture is in 'major crisis'
The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has warned that Zimbabwe is facing a "major crisis," after a third of the country’s maize crops wer...
09-02-2012 07:33 AM
Tobacco farmers need support
Zimbabwe Farmers Union Director, Paul Zakariya, said the decentralization of auction floors would minimize the costs and improve the quality of the cr...
02-02-2012 07:31 AM
Agriculture still in intensive care
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...
30-01-2012 09:11 AM
Black and white farmer groups unite
The Zimbabwe Farmers Union has joined hands with the Commercial Farmers Union in the promotion of commodity associations that encourage crop specialis...
13-12-2011 09:12 AM
Zimbabwe PM fined cattle
Zimbabwe’s prime minister has been fined two cows, two sheep and 10 metres of white cloth for getting hitched during a culturally sacred time la...
06-12-2011 09:05 AM
$100m agricultural bills floated
Government yesterday launched US$100 million Agricultural Marketing Authority Bills to buy inputs for farmers for the 2012 season.
01-12-2011 09:17 AM
Seized farms boost profits for tobacco company
Robert Mugabe devastated Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry in 2000 by driving white farmers off their land and giving it to his allies. Now British Am...
01-12-2011 09:15 AM
Are Zimbabwe's new farmers winning?
In 2000, President Robert Mugabe launched Zimbabwe’s controversial fast-track land reforms, seizing the majority of the 4,500 farms held by comm...
28-11-2011 09:40 AM
Climate change hits poorest farmers
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 ...
24-11-2011 09:37 AM
Farmers blame land grab for food shortages
The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has blamed the chaotic land grab campaign for the current food shortages in the country, saying destructive land po...
03-11-2011 08:58 AM
'Illegal' sanctions harming our agriculture
Visiting Namibian Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda yesterday slammed the Western imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbab...
27-10-2011 09:58 AM
Zimbabwe secures $300m Brazil farm loan
Zimbabwe has secured a $300 million loan from Brazil to finance agriculture and boost crop production after successive years of food deficits, state m...
03-10-2011 08:55 AM
Govt to spend $40m while owing farmers $35m
Government spending in Zimbabwe is a big concern while disunity regarding black empowerment is discouraging investment, Finance Minister Tendai Biti h...
19-09-2011 09:12 AM
China donates $14m food to Zimbabwe
China has donated food worth US$14 million to Zimbabwe to help people in districts affected by drought last farming season.
16-09-2011 08:46 AM
Chinese to revolutionise Zimbabwe agriculture
China may have provided Zimbabwe with food aid in the past but that gesture appears to have ignited its interest to help Zimbabwe enhance food securit...