Govt, EU, UN partner to end gender based violence

Govt, EU, UN partner to end gender based violence

By Natalie Chiwomadzi ZIMBABWE has partnered with the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to end violence against women and girls under the Spotlight Initiative Country Program. According to the program, Zimbabwe is among the eight countries in African that have been chosen to benefit from 22 million Euros that has been donated towards the initiative. Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Amon Murwira who spoke on behalf of President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the launch of the initiative said the government will remain committed to the partnership. “The government…

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Agribank to handle US$102m agric mechanization programme

Agribank to handle US$102m agric mechanization programme

By Ndafadza Madanha GOVERNMENT through the ministry of Agriculture says Agribank will be responsible for the disbursement of US$102m worth of agricultural equipment secured under two facilities. In recent month’s government has secured two facilities with the Belarus government (US$52m) and agriculture equipment manufacturer John Deere (US$50m) for the supply of agriculture equipment. The equipment includes 1000 tractors, combine harvester, and planters. “Agribank will play an instrumental role in administering the two facilities; it will vet those who shall be eligible to ensure there is transparency and independence. We expect…

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We would rather keep our ivory stockpiles: Zimbabwe

We would rather keep our ivory stockpiles: Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE says it will not burn its stockpiles of ivory even if they don’t get permission to sell from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The country is said to be holding stockpiles of ivory worth about US$600 million which they intend to convince CITES to allow them to trade. Proceeds from the trade have been earmarked for conservation purposes as well as uplifting lives of people in communities surrounding national parks. There has been pressure from “animal lovers” and such countries like Kenya for countries like…

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Zimbabwe Agricultural Show unveils new logo

Zimbabwe Agricultural Show unveils new logo

  THE Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) has adopted a new show logo that reflects the new identity of the rebranded Zimbabwe Agricultural Show, which will be held from 26 to 31 August 2019 under the theme “Technology. Innovation. Modernisation: Adopt. Accentuate. Accelerate.” In an interview, ZAS Head- Sales and Marketing, Cynthia Tapera, said brands can be successfully revamped by adapting current styles while celebrating their history. “ZAS is about heritage, about making that heritage relevant for today and making that heritage relevant tomorrow. Inspiration for the development of the ZAS…

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Let’s increase collaboration on wildlife: Mnangagwa

Let’s increase collaboration on wildlife: Mnangagwa

By Daniel Chigundu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says there is a need for continued collaboration among government, communities and stakeholders involved in wildlife conservations so that local people can derive benefits. African has a lot of wildlife species but these have not benefitted the local communities and in some case have led to poaching. Speaking at the gala dinner held on the sidelines of the AU-UN Environment Africa Wildlife Summit in Victoria, President Mnangagwa said success coming from working and benefitting together. “Governments, stakeholders and communities must increase dialogue and collaboration…

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We have an electricity crisis: Misihairabwi

We have an electricity crisis: Misihairabwi

By Daniel Chigundu Parliament says Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi must come back to the House and indicate to the legislators whether the country still has electricity or not, in light of the crippling load shedding which is also affecting production. Most Zimbabweans are enduring about 15 hours of load shedding on a daily basis as party of Zesa’s phase 2 strategy of balancing power demand and supply in the country. What has been frustrating a lot of people is that the Phase 2 Strategy has no known…

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World Bank to support Zim land compensation efforts

World Bank to support Zim land compensation efforts

By Staff Reporter THE ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement says the World Bank (WB) is keen to assist government pay compensation to former commercial farmers who lost land under the fast track land reform exercise. A senior official in the ministry said the interest followed a mission undertaken by WB that was impressed by the joint efforts of government and the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) in assessing what is owed to the former farmers. “We are currently doing assessment on what needs to be done; we…

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ICCR send students to Indian Universities on scholarships

ICCR send students to Indian Universities on scholarships

By Natalie Chiwomadzi                                              INDIAN Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) has awarded about 14 Zimbabwean students with scholarships to study various courses at Indian Universities. ICCR offers about 22 scholarships to Zimbabwe every year for various courses. Speaking during the send-off ceremony for the 14 students, India’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Rungsung Masakui this year they received more than 200 applications which went through a rigorous selection process to come up with the final number. “These fourteen students are the first batch for this year. We will very soon receive…

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Zim ready for AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit

Zim ready for AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit

ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira says Zimbabwe is ready to host the first every AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit this month (June) in Victoria Falls. The summit comes at a time when Zimbabwe is in a dilemma on whether to remain of pull out of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) due to differences. Some of the challenges giving Zimbabwe a dilemma such as the continued ban in the sale of ivory and other species are expected to be discussed at the summit. In a…

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Zimbabwe sets target to end AIDS epidemic

Zimbabwe sets target to end AIDS epidemic

By Natalie Chiwomadzi ZIMBABWE has set targets that are going to help end HIV as a public health threat by 2030. Speaking during The Zimbabwe Health Situation Room launch, Minister of Health and Child Care Obadiah Moyo said the set targets aim to reach people that haven’t been reached. “Zimbabwe has adopted an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic in the country by reaching 90% of all people living with HIV with testing services. “HIV positive people that know their status will be provided with sustained antiretroviral…

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