Category “Zimbabwe”

Zimbabwe: Harness Biotech for National Food Security

Food insecurity remains the biggest threat not only to Zimbabwe, but to Africa as a whole. By 2050, Africa’s population will more than double to 2,4 billion and will need to be fed, along with the billions of animals raised annually for food and as pets. Pollution will intensify, contributing to climate change and low agricultural production among our smallholder farmers.

The picture is grim. At present, much of Africa is a net importer of maize and other food crops, a development that is costing our countries billions of dollars annually.

We are richly endowed with vast tracts of land but we are not investing in agricultural biotechnology to boost crop yields and to promote more efficient food production.

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Zimbabwe: Chinese Delegation in Country to Assess Agricultural Ventures

A 15-member Chinese delegation is in the country for a feasibility study on possible areas of co-operation in agriculture.

The delegation includes experts in grains, environment, agriculture produce processing and livestock among others from the Ministry of Agriculture in China and the private sector.

Speaking after meeting Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made and his deputies Mr Paddy Zhanda and Mr Davis Marapira, along with heads of agricultural departments in Harare on Wednesday, head of the delegation Mr Yang Yi praised Sino-Zimbabwe ties.

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Zimbabwe: Grow Small Grains, Farmers Told

Farmers in drought-prone districts should grow small grain crops to enhance household food security, a farmers’ union official has said.

Zimbabwe Farmers Union second vice president Mr Berean Mukwende said it was important for farmers in semi-arid regions to grow small grains such as millet, sorghum and rapoko to improve food availability in their areas.

“Farmers in Region III must take heed of the 2013/14 rainfall forecast and grow drought-resistant crops and short season varieties,” he said.

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Zimbabwe: ICTs Critical for Smallholder Farmers

The promotion of the wider adoption of appropriate information and knowledge technologies among smallholder farmers in the country can help improve their yields, incomes and resilience, says a local farmer markets expert.Knowledge Transfer Africa-Emkambo farmer markets expert Charles Dhewa said if smallholder farmers had better access to appropriate information and knowledge it could help them make informed choices about farming practices and allow them to transition to higher value and premium crops.

“The expansion of ICTs in the country should help us provide farmers with information on market prices of farm produce and where to get critical farm inputs,” he said.

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Zimbabwe: Hope for Agricultural Sector

Here at Africa Agri we try to stay as independant as possible. Earleir this week we posted an article on the bleak outlook for Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.

However as we try to realte all views as fairly as possible we have to post the following article from the Herald in Zimbabwe which paints a different picture to that of the UN article.

THERE is renewed optimism for economic turnaround going into the summer cropping season set to start in a few weeks time. This comes on the back of Zanu-PF’s resounding victory in the harmonised elections, a victory that ensures that the era of the dysfunctional coalition government is gone, and the era of an exclusive Zanu-PF government that prioritises agriculture and support for farmers beckons.

Over the past four years, during the tenure of the inclusive Government, the agriculture sector hung in the balance as former finance minister Tendai Biti turned a deaf ear to calls to support farmers in line with his party’s anti-land reform stance.

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Zimbabwe: Hunger Looms As Zimbabwe Faces Highest Levels of Food Insecurity in Years

Harare — Hunger is on the rise in Zimbabwe with an estimated 2.2 million people – one in four of the rural population – expected to need food assistance during the pre-harvest period early next year. This is the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support.

The extent of predicted hunger is revealed in the recently-published Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) rural livelihoods report which estimates national food security levels and identifies affected areas. The study is led by the Government with support from the UN and other partners.

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Zimbabwe: Tobacco Rakes in Over U.S.1 Billion

Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board director Dr Andrew Matibiri has said Zimbabwe this year earned more than US$1,2 billion from the tobacco industry. Speaking at the TIMB stand at the Harare Agricultural Show yesterday, Dr Matibiri said he was pleased with tobacco sales proceedings as the season nearly comes to an end.

“At the moment, the Zimbabwe tobacco industry has generated US$1,21 billion into our economy,” he said.

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