Govt urged to embrace GM crops

Govt urged to embrace GM crops

By Ndafadza Madanha GOVERNMENT should consider lifting its ban on growing of genetically modified crops (GM crops) as they have the potential to spur productivity and enhance food security in the country. However, government is not keen on embracing genetically modified crops citing long term health and environmental reasons. On the global stage concerns have also arisen on the long-term effects of such crops on the farming landscape as GM crops often mingle with organic crop varieties in harmful ways. The practice of monocropping, or raising one crop only on a given plot…

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Irrigation a must in era of climate change  

Irrigation a must in era of climate change   

By Ndafadza Madanha THE Southern Africa region is expected to be receiving normal to below normal rainfall for the 2018-19 owing to the El Nino phenomenon. According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network EL Nino will have negative impact on the coming agriculture season both in terms of harvests and labor opportunities in the region. Agriculture is critical to Zimbabwe’s economy providing 30 percent of export earnings and contributing 19 percent to GDP, while 70 percent of the population still survives on farming. While there is very little government can…

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SMEs Expo preps gather momentum

SMEs Expo preps gather momentum

By Daniel Chigundu ORGANISERS of the SMEs International Expo say preparation for the 8th edition of the expo have gathered momentum and exhibition space is fast running out. SMEs International Expo started in 2011 at the Harare Exhibition Park and has been growing since then and has never missed an edition. This year the expo is running under the theme “Explore Innovate Implement A New Economic Order for Business in the Digital Era” and will take place from 17th to 20th of October at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). In…

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Govt to improve laws for SMES

Govt to improve laws for SMES

By Daniel Chigundu GOVERNMENT says it will be improving laws that deal with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) going forward with a view to helping the sector to grow. According to statistics, Zimbabwe has about 3.5 million SMEs operating in various sectors of the economy and most of them face various challenges in the operation of their businesses. Some of the challenges include strict requirements when seeking to regularise their ventures, high tax demands from Zimra, competition from imported goods, lack operating facilities and lack of collateral to access funding…

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SMEs have key role in ED’s 2030 vision

SMEs have key role in ED’s 2030 vision

By Daniel Chigundu WOMEN’S Affairs, Community and SMEs Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni say small to medium enterprises in the country have an important role to play in the country’s vision of becoming a middle-income economy by 2030. President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his election campaign promised that his government will focus on making Zimbabwe a middle-income economy by 2030 adding that it will pay attention to business than politics. In a speech read on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Minister Nyoni said she will work to ensure that her ministry…

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ARIPO launches Regional IP database

ARIPO launches Regional IP database

By Daniel Chigundu AFRICAN Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has launched its regional intellectual property database (RIPD) which seeks among other things to enable users to centrally view all published IP titles in the region. According to the organisation’s director general Fernando Dos Santos, the idea to create the database was mooted in 2014 at a meeting that was held in Victoria Falls. “The project proposal for the creation of a regional database for published IP titles of the ARIPO Office and those of its member states was presented and…

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Introduce flights to West Africa

Introduce flights to West Africa

By Daniel Chigundu THE country’s tourism Ambassador for Ghana and West Africa Nancy Sam has called on the Zimbabwean government to consider introducing flights to West Africa if it hopes to draw tourists from that region. Zimbabwe is in the process of trying to attract as much tourists into country via various marketing means and strategies. Some of the strategies include participating at travel shows, appointing ambassadors and establishing marketing offices in lucrative markets and hosting of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo among others. However, the lack of meaningful airlines…

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Bring new airlines to Zimbabwe

Bring new airlines to Zimbabwe

By Daniel Chigundu VICE President Constantino Chiwenga has called on the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry and Tourism to put their efforts together and ensure they attract new airlines to the country. Since the turn of the millennium, Zimbabwe has witnessed a decrease in the number of airlines that pass through the country with such airlines as British Airways dumping the destination for various reasons. Air transport is arguably an important factor in as far as increasing statistics of arrivals is of concern as it is the only logical…

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Mnangagwa appoints Cabinet

Mnangagwa appoints Cabinet

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed his highly awaited cabinet comprising 20 ministers. Here is the list of ministers Finance: Mtuli Ncube Defence: Oppah Muchinguri Foreign: SB Moyo Home Affairs: Cain Mathema Primary Education: Paul Mavima Land: Perence Shiri Mines: Winston Chitando Information: Monica Mutsvangwa ICT: Kazembe Kazembe Sports, Arts, Youths: Kirsty Coventry Health-Obediah Moyo Justice-Ziyambi Ziyambi Public Service-Sekai Nzenza SMEs-Sithembiso Nyoni Energy-Jorum Gumbo Transport-Joel Matiza Industry-Mangaliso Ndlovu Higher Education-Amon Murwira Sport: Kirsty Coventry Tourism-Prisca Mupfumira

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Sanganai/Hlanganani to stay longer in Bulawayo

Sanganai/Hlanganani to stay longer in Bulawayo

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is going to stay longer in Bulawayo until it has helped revive tourism economy in the city. Sanganai/Hlanganani was moved from Harare to Bulawayo at the instruction of then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with the  aim of spreading activities around the country. The tourism economy in Bulawayo took a knock from massive deindustrialisation which saw most large corporates moving their headquarters to Harare while others chose to close shop instead. Addressing a press…

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