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Zimbabwe | 9 July 2017
Zimbabwe's budget deficit to increase due to maize subsidy

Zimbabwe’s budget deficit will increase by nearly $120 million this year due to a maize subsidy, Reuters calculations show, in a scheme critics of President Robert Mugabe say will be open to abuse and...


Zimbabwe | 27 June 2017
Zimbabwe secures $478 million funding for agriculture-state newspaper

Zimbabwe's government has signed a $478 million agreement with an energy company and three banks to finance the 2017/18 summer farming season in a push to improve food security, a state-owned newspape...


Zimbabwe | 13 April 2017
Zimbabwe could soon use livestock as loan security

Zimbabwean entrepreneurs could soon use movable assets -- including livestock and vehicles -- to secure loans from banks, according to a bill brought before the country's Parliament this week. The ...


Zimbabwe | 31 March 2017
Zimbabwe: Let's avoid invisible competition in agriculture

One of the unintended consequences of knowledge sharing is an increase in the number of people doing the same agricultural activity. This leads to congested niches where particular value chains rapidl...


Zimbabwe | 15 February 2017
Armyworm invasion threatening southern Africa's crops

An invasion of armyworms is stripping southern Africa of key food crops and could spread to other parts of the continent, experts warned Tuesday at an emergency meeting of 16 African nations. South...


Zimbabwe | 2 February 2017
Heavy rains damage crops after drought in Zimbabwe

Heavy rains have battered crops in Zimbabwe, threatening its food staple, maize, and its cash tobacco crops just months after the worst drought in a quarter century, the head of the commercial farmers...


Zimbabwe | 11 November 2016
New initiative to aid Zimbabwe's struggling agriculture

The Zimbabwean government has given more than 19,600 farmers agricultural inputs under a command agriculture facility designed to boost food security. Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo told jou...


Zimbabwe | 3 October 2016
Resilience earns dairy farmers praise

Government has commended the dairy sector for showing dynamism and innovativeness in the face of economic challenges and the El Nino-induced drought that has caused food shortages. The sector recor...


Zimbabwe | 3 October 2016
Government open to innovative ideas to boost farming

Government is open to new and innovative ideas to boost agricultural production and enhance national food security, a senior official has said. Opening a high-level stakeholder validation workshop ...


Zimbabwe | 14 September 2016
Farmers object to GMB maize price

Farmers have raised concern over Government’s intention to align the Grain Marketing Board floor price with the landing cost of imported maize starting from the 2016 /17 agricultural marketing season....


Zimbabwe | 2 August 2016
Zimbabwe may charge farmers rent for working land seized from whites

Zimbabwe is considering charging rent to black subsistence farmers who settled on large-scale commercial farms confiscated mainly from white owners during state-backed invasions and may repossess land...


Zimbabwe | 11 July 2016
Chinese know-how boosts Zimbabwe's farms

Zimbabwean farmers and students are benefiting from the China-Aid Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center, 27 km north-west of Harare, where they are getting knowledge on how to improve their yie...


Zimbabwe | 7 July 2016
Zimbabwe’s agriculture can be competitive internationally

Ambassador Philippe Van Damme told government officials that despite the strained relationship between EU and Zimbabwe, trade could be boosted if the African nation finalises the pending land ownershi...


Zimbabwe | 5 July 2016
Zimbabwe's agriculture can be competitive internationally

Zimbabwe' agricultural produce has vast potential not only to compete favourably in European (EU) Union markets, but to reach high levels of international competitiveness, although some conditions hav...


Zimbabwe | 23 March 2016
We can't pay - Zimbabwe farmers resist compensating evicted white landowners

Zimbabwe's plan to win back international funding by paying compensation to white farmers forced off their land faces a major snag: the black farmers expected to stump up the cash say they don't have ...


Zimbabwe | 4 March 2016
Grace agro-equipment looted, say farmers

Government officials also reneged on a promise to install the irrigation equipment since last October, resulting in farmers losing their crops as a severe drought hit the country. The equipment is ...


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...