Mashonaland East shows dairy producers how it’s done

Mashonaland East shows dairy producers how it’s done

Feature By Edward Mukaro 40-minutes-drive from Harare’s central business district, in the strategically positioned pockets of Marirangwe, Mashonaland East Province, off the Masvingo highway, is Zimbabwe’s land of ‘milk and honey’. Local farmers in Marirangwe Village – which is also home to the now internationally acclaimed dairy produce giant Kefallos – in the area have taken it upon themselves to revive a sector wit the potential to rejuvenate the nation’s economy, of course, if all enabling factors are put in place, both from policy level right down to the small…

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‘Second Republic’ championing agricultural growth

‘Second Republic’ championing agricultural growth

Opinion By Varaidzo Zhakata THE agricultural sector has come under criticisms during the Second Republic’s era; despite the new dispensation efforts to restore the country back to its Southern Africa ‘breadbasket status’. Quite a number of comparisons have been drawn between the agricultural sector, in today’s new dispensation and the former government, but there are a lot of successful initiatives being put forth to improve the agricultural land sector today, which can go a long way to recoup the Zimbabwean agriculture industry, as well as its breadbasket status. The Pfumvudza…

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Government’s AFSTS aims to boost milk production

Government’s AFSTS aims to boost milk production

By Edward Mukaro THE Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) is implementing the Agriculture Food System Transformation Strategy (AFSTS) to boost production in the sector, with the dairy industry, earmarked to benefit, as governed aims to boost the country’s milk production levels from both large and small scale dairy producers. National milk production for 2019 was 80 million litres, a 6.4 percent (%) increment from the 2018 production, which was 75 million litres. This, however, still falls short by 40 million litres of the annual national demand of 120 million litres. For…

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ZimTrade launches Shop@Zim

ZimTrade launches Shop@Zim

By Edward Mukaro SMALL and Medium Enterprises operating in the country are set to catapult their business units globally, through ZimTrade’s newly launched, Shop@Zim, an online platform that will enhance engagements of local companies with international buyers, as well as improve visibility of locally produced products and services. The COVID- 19 pandemic has affected most businesses that are mainly into export, as most players in the sector have in the past under-utilized online platforms, but can no longer afford to do so, as the pandemic has strongly limited physical engagement…

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Global trade on the rebound

Global trade on the rebound

By Edward Mukaro GLOBAL trade shows signs of a rebound from the COVID- 19 pandemic, although recovery remains uncertain, as the United Nations World Trade Organisation forecasts a 9.2 percent decline in the volume of world merchandise trade for 2020, followed by a 7.2% rise in 2021. The COVID- 19 pandemic has had a major impact on how business conducts trade, which has seen an abrupt rise in business’ dependence on e-commerce platforms as the main tools of conducting business, as physical engagement has been severely restricted. However, a second…

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Proplatsics registers 64% growth in sales

Proplatsics registers 64% growth in sales

By Varaidzo Zhakata LEADING supplier of plastic pipes, Proplatsics Limited has posted an improved 64 percent (%) sales tonnage increase in the third quarter ended 30 September 2020, compared to the prior year, despite operating in a harsh environment, exacerbated by economic hardships. The increase consequently resulted in the rise of year-to-date volumes from a negative of 18% in the first half of the year to 10%, above the similar period last year, at the close of the third quarter. Segmental contributions from irrigation, mining, merchants, civils, and borehole drilling,…

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Let’s celebrate our teachers

Let’s celebrate our teachers

COMMENT THE 2020 World Teachers Day, celebrated on the 5th October, each year, came amid a lot of tension between Government and teachers, with some teachers heading the call by their representative bodies by snubbing lessons, as the demand for better working conditions, US dollar salaries and COVID- 19 allowances, among a host of other demands, and of course, the advent of COVID- 19 pandemic. The celebrations were being held under the theme: “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”. As the government gave the green light to re-open schools…

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Junior Cabinet establishment contradicts law – Analysts

Junior Cabinet establishment contradicts law – Analysts

By Simbarashe Musaki PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has a lot of advisors, but the country is yet to reap the results of the advice and the recent junior cabinet establishment contradicts the Law of Parsimony, which is against multiplication of entities without necessity, political analysts have said. This follows the establishment of the junior ministerial portfolios, despite that, the positive gains of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC), Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), senior cabinet and parliament gave remained chimerical. Zambian based political philosophy lecturer, Godfrey Marera, in an exclusive interview with The…

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Listing compliance chokes off Falcon Gold Zimbabwe

Listing compliance chokes off Falcon Gold Zimbabwe

By Wellington Zimbowa REELING from a sharp decrease in gold sales in the year ended 30 September 2019, fragile Falcon Gold Zimbabwe has revealed plans for voluntary delisting from the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, citing no recent benefits from listing on the local bourse. “In the face of ongoing viability problems, the additional costs of being listed, with no compensating benefits, can no longer be borne by the company. “Accordingly, Falcon Gold has decided to propose to shareholders it’s delisting from the ZSE,” read the company’s circular to shareholders. The company…

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