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World News: Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe | 3 February 2016
Government tells farmers to destock as drought bites

Agriculture deputy minister Paddy Zhanda has urged farmers to destock after 7,000 cattle died in the south of Zimbabwe in the severest drought to hit the nation since 1992. The country, like most o...


Zimbabwe | 27 January 2016
Zimbabwean farmers fear the worst as cattle, crops succumb to drought

In the dusty village of Mafomoti, southern Zimbabwe, farmers have already lost cattle and crops in the severest drought to hit the nation in a quarter of a century. But the worst may be yet to come. ...


Zimbabwe | 12 January 2016
El Nino and drought take a toll on Zimbabwe's cattle

Justin Dlomo watches his small herd of emaciated cattle scrounge for bits of dry grass with a growing sense of dread. "I don't even know what to do anymore," he says. Worsening drought in Zimbab...


Zimbabwe | 18 November 2015
Zimbabweans align with climate smart agriculture

With droughts wreaking havoc in vast areas of Zimbabwe, a majority of people here are fast falling in line with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) as food deficits continue. CSA is the agricultural pr...


Zimbabwe | 30 October 2015
Zimbabwe runs out of funds to contain outbreak of Foot and Mouth

Zimbabwe has run out of money to vaccinate millions of domestic animals to curb the spread of Foot and Mouth and protect against Newcastle Disease, acting Agriculture Secretary John Gondo said. “We...


Zimbabwe | 27 October 2015
New farmers suffer as private companies shun contract farming

Poor performance by new farmers has forced many private companies to dump the contract farming project, fearing to incur huge losses. Many farmers in Makoni rely on contract farming for survival. ...


Zimbabwe | 14 September 2015
As drought destroys maize, Zimbabwe tries out new staples

For more than 20 years, Dalarex Ncube grew maize in arid Jambezi District, one of Zimbabwe's driest regions, and his family ate sadza, the national staple. But seven years ago, he began switching t...


Zimbabwe | 9 September 2015
Zimbabwe bans some cattle movement over foot and mouth

Zimbabwe has banned the movement of cattle in the southern part of the country near the South African border after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the deputy minister of agriculture said on Sep...


Zimbabwe | 8 September 2015
Zimbabwe bans some cattle movement over foot and mouth

Zimbabwe has banned the movement of cattle in the southern part of the country near the South African border after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the deputy minister of agriculture said on Mon...


Zimbabwe | 31 August 2015
Armageddon for Zim agriculture

The land reform program in Zimbabwe might have gone a full cycle, 15 years after the initiation of jambanja (violent and chaotic land dispossessions), possibly to the complete shock of beneficiaries a...


Zimbabwe | 18 August 2015
Farmers fear for their cattle as drought, disease hit home

Zimbabwe's farmers in Matabeleland South province fear their cattle won't survive the drought that has hit the region, with more than 300 000 cattle said to be at risk, according to a report. Thous...


Zimbabwe | 27 July 2015
Zimbabwe government plans to return land back to white farmers

Zimbabwe has announced plans to return some farms to their former white owners. This comes 15 years after the government sanctioned widespread land grabs that plunged Zimbabwe into economic chaos....


Zimbabwe | 14 July 2015
Zimbabwe to hand back land to some white farmers

Zimbabwe’s government has for the first time suggested it may give official permission for some white farmers to stay on their land, 15 years after it sanctioned widespread land grabs that plummeted t...


Zimbabwe | 8 May 2015
Hardy cattle beef up Zimbabwe farmers' incomes

Ntokozo Ncube brims with joy like a proud father as he shows off a newborn calf that has expanded his herd to eight animals. The calf is a special cross-breed that is helping Ncube, 42, realize his...


Zimbabwe | 28 January 2015
White Zim farmers caught in power struggle

Most of Zimbabwe's white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new evictions linked to ...


Zimbabwe | 23 January 2015
Zim set to give white farmers 90 days to vacate farms

White former farmers should be given 90 days to vacate their farms if the land they occupy has been allocated to a black person to avoid legal battles, the Zimbabwean government has reportedly said. ...


Zimbabwe | 15 December 2014
Lift cattle movement ban, government urged

Masvingo Beef Producers Association has pleaded with the Veterinary Services to lift the bracket cattle sales ban which was issued almost two months ago due to Foot and Mouth outbreak in Masvingo. ...


Zimbabwe | 27 November 2014
Zim farmers outcry at cattle sales ban

Beef producers in southern Zimbabwe have appealed to government to lift the ban on cattle sales and movement as such a move, aimed at curbing disease, was crippling their operations. The regional C...


Zimbabwe | 18 September 2014
Agribank stops funding farmers

Addressing a Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union national congress in Masvingo last week an official with the bank, Francis Macheka, said the financial institution would stop giving financial aid to farmers in th...


Zimbabwe | 9 September 2014
China keen to revamp Zimbabwe's farming sector

China is ready to assist in the resuscitation of Zimbabwe’s once vibrant agriculture sector by imparting modern farming methods and expertise to local farmers, an official has revealed. China’s dep...


Zimbabwe | 10 June 2014
GM crops: continuing controversy

The debate has re-emerged recently with calls from a number of quarters, including the CZI and CFU, for Zimbabwe to accept the inevitable and formally approve the planting of GM crops. Of course GM cr...


Zimbabwe | 4 April 2014
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-elected at the weekend and has asked government t...


Zimbabwe | 3 April 2014
Hope for female farmers

The Director of Women Farmers, Land and Agricultural Trust (WFLAT), Phides Mazhawidza, said land utilisation patterns among newly resettled female farmers were very poor - prompting the establishment ...


Zimbabwe | 18 December 2013
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 fact its branches are farms and its employees ofte...


Zimbabwe | 6 September 2013
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 programme, which displaced the majority of white ranchers...


Zimbabwe | 17 July 2013
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. In statement, the ZFU said the vaccination program...


Zimbabwe | 20 June 2013
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 banking where owners bring in their animals as collater...


Zimbabwe | 7 May 2013
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 regions, not only for intergovernmental institutions, b...


Zimbabwe | 19 April 2013
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 a write-off this year. "There is no water as y...


Zimbabwe | 17 April 2013
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 million to grow the cereal, barely two weeks before pla...