Zimplats spends big on agriculture

Zimplats spends big on agriculture

By Ndafadza Madanha THE country’s largest platinum producer ZIMPLATS allocates a third of its annual budget to promoting agricultural activities across the country. Mining companies have often been accused of shortchanging communities by simply extracting minerals and polluting the environment without bringing any tangible and sustainable projects outside their core business. Equally mining and agriculture interests have competed for key inputs such as land and water at times with devastating consequences but the two rely on each other to prosper. Experts contend that to maximise the positive and mitigate negative consequences,…

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Germany firm eyes local market

Germany firm eyes local market

By Ndafadza Madanha GERMANY based company RIELA is in the country to scout for opportunities in the area of post harvest management. Post harvest management entails drying, cleaning, sorting and packing of a crop immediately after harvest. The instant a crop is removed from the ground, or separated from its parent plant, it begins to deteriorate. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in many developing countries, overall post-harvest losses of cereals and grain legumes of about 10 to 15 percent are fairly common. In some regions of Africa and Latin…

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National Foods volumes up 25%

National Foods volumes up 25%

By Ndafadza Madanha NATIONAL foods volumes rose 25% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year on the back of firm consumer demand while profitability was in line with projections. Addressing shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) group CEO Michael Lashbrook said inflationary pressures had led to significant increases in its products particulary on imported items. He said the flour unit continued to operate at maximum levels and volume could have been increased if capacity was available.. Meanwhile in a bid to secure raw materials for…

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Tongatt resumes sugarcane project

Tongatt resumes sugarcane project

By Ndafadza Madanha SUGAR producer Tongaat Hulett says favorable conditions now exist for it to commence the development of 4 000 hectares of virgin land  in Chiredzi under “Project Kilimanjaro”  into irrigated sugar cane fields at the beginning of next year after securing bulk irrigation water. The multi-million dollar Project Kilimanjaro which initially started in 2014 but stalled with only about 200 hectares of land having been cleared is now expected to be complete by the second half of 2020. It was anticipated in 2014 that the 4000 hectares cleared…

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Zim coffee to hit international market

Zim coffee to hit international market

NESPRESSO an operating unit of Nestle will next year introduce a limited edition of Zimbabwean coffee on the international market anchored on 450 local small holder farmers it has contracted. Nestle has committed about US$1.2m into the five year project that is expected to transform the lives of small holder farmers in Honde Valley. Speaking at the International Symposium on Contract farming and other Inclusive Business Models Ben Ndiaye managing director for Nestle Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia operations, said 51 percent of the contracted farmers are women. “Nespresso is implementing a…

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Mupfumira courts London investors

Mupfumira courts London investors

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has called on potential investors in the United Kingdom to take advantage of opportunities in the country’s tourism sector. Tourism is one of the main foreign currency earning sectors that are expected to help revive the country’s economy together with agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Zimbabwe’s tourism sector is expected to grow by 20 percent in 2018 surpassing 2.5 million arrivals buoyed by unique flora and fauna and world heritage sites such as Victoria Falls and Great Zimbabwe among others…

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ZTA hopes on World Travel Market

ZTA hopes on World Travel Market

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says Zimbabwe is participating at the 2018 edition of the World Travel Market (WTM) with a view to increasing tourist arrival in the country. Tourism is one of the country’s low hanging fruits with quick wins together with agriculture, manufacturing and mining in terms of the new dispensation’s economic revival strategy. Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and ZTA have employed various marketing strategies with a view to luring more tourists and one of the strategies includes…

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