Government not reversing land reform program

Government not reversing land reform program

By Simbarashe Musaki The Global Compensation Agreement designed to compensate former white farmers in cash or kind is a fundamental issue governing property rights which are also a human rights issue and brings closure to the land question diametrically opposed to land reform program reversal in the judgments of laymen, Maji-Marefu institute has said. Zimbabwe’s independent think tank, Maji Marefu Institute executive director, Dr Tapiwa Mashakada dissenting to cockroach-eye-view believes that the Government has done the expected and nailed the irreversibility of the land reform program. “The principle of compensation…

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72% horticulture firms lay off workers, … as COVID- 19 bites

72% horticulture firms lay off workers,  … as COVID- 19 bites

By Edward Mukaro ZIMBABWE’s horticulture sector has been hit-hard by he COVID- 19 pandemic, with a recorded 72 percent (%) of companies in the sector laying off workers, according to the latest Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison committee (COLEACP) report. The report that was carried out with the assistance of respected trade development body, ZimTrade, covered 11 crops, with the main horticultural crops under the spotlight being berries, sugar snaps, green beans, French beans and sweet potatoes. The survey, which was conducted between June and early July (2020) with the stakeholders in the…

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Government winter maize production targets 4000ha

Government winter maize production targets 4000ha

Reporter GOVERNMENT has approved the ministry of lands and agriculture, water and resettlement’s 2020 Winter Maize Production Programme that seeks to target 4000 hectares in Zimbabwe’s low-lying areas of Masvingo, Matebeleland North and Mashonaland West. The southern African country has been faced with incessant food shortages over the years, especially maize, which is also the country’s staple crop, leading the country’s authorities to rely mainly on imports mainly from South Africa, Zambia and Malawi. The programme will certainly improve livelihoods of millions of people in the targeted provinces, as international…

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Urban farmers on the brink of hunger

Urban farmers on the brink of hunger

By Edward Mukaro ‘SOIL-BARONS’ in Mabvuku-Tafara have exposed urban households to hunger, as their continued illegal tilling and extraction of soil for sale, have left death traps, in the form of pits and gullies, at the expense of residents who rely on farming to eke out a living. Although it is illegal – in most cases – to farm in urban areas, most families in high-density suburbs depend on unused council or private land to farm their corn. Recent reports by international agencies such as the United Nations World Food…

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Summer cropping season preps should start now – Mukwende

Summer cropping season preps should start now – Mukwende

BY Edward Mukaro FOR Zimbabwe to be food secure, a cocktail of measures to counter the effects of the deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19), coupled by repairing critical infrastructure including electricity power lines and equipment that have been vandalized, is essential to revive the breadbasket status of the country again, according to renowned agriculture economist, Mr. Berean Mukwende. Speaking in an interview with The BusinessConnect, Mukwende said it ay be too late to achieve a fruitful winter cropping season, but however, hinted that it would be vital for Government and stakeholders to…

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Farmers to benefit from VALUE’s 245 pig breeding stock

Farmers to benefit from VALUE’s 245 pig breeding stock

By Edward Mukaro SMALL scale livestock farmers are set to benefit big through the 245 pig breeding stock imported by the Value Chain Alliance for Livestock Upgrading and Empowerment (VALUE), under the European Union funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme running for four years between 2019 and 2023, led by Action Aid Zimbabwe in partnership with COSV and Mercy Corps, respectively. The breeding stock that was delivered in April this year consists of breeds namely; the grand parent and parent stock of Duroc, Landrace and Largewhite breeds. However, the stock has…

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AMACET on verge of rolling out Precision Agriculture

AMACET on verge of rolling out Precision Agriculture

By Edward Mukaro A few years ago, the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector was tipped as a potential economic growth vehicle, not just for developed nations, but also developing ones, like Zimbabwe, but if one were to inform those same nations that within a decade drones would be used for farming no one would have bought the story. Indeed, it sounds unthinkable, how can drones be used for farming? Precision Agriculture (PA) wipes away all doubt with regards to the use of drones in farming productively and profitably. Founded…

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