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World News: 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 ...


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. ...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


11 April 2013
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 Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Developm...


19 February 2013
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 Beitbridge districts having lost 1 232 and 1 015 r...


25 January 2013
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, was thriving and was the key foundation of the eco...


21 January 2013
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 by Blondie Ndebele Provincial chief livestock ...


7 January 2013
'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 the worst hit. Matobo lost 1 232 cattle followed ...


4 January 2013
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 Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. Land...


20 December 2012
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 farmer in Mashonaland West, Piet Zwanikken, was sho...


20 December 2012
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 bullet, shot at close range, went through his nos...


14 December 2012
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 Organisation (FAO) which made dipping chemicals readil...


29 November 2012
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. According to statistics, 9 264 cattle have been ...


27 November 2012
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 had targeted to vaccinate 800,000 cattle throughout ...


7 November 2012
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 whole. Let me begin by beseeching my patient reade...


5 November 2012
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, Zimbabwe news agency New Ziana reported. Fertilis...


12 October 2012
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 came into the Zimbabwean cotton industry, trashed...