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Low soya output stifles edible oils industry

ZIMBABWE’S edible oils sector says it remains viable inspite of intermittent stockouts, but faces challenges related to low soya output and a persistent shortage of foreign currency to maintain optimal supply, according to an association which represents producers. BY MTHANDAZO...

Tobacco farmers here have started transplanting tobacco seedlings from the seedbed

Tobacco farmers here have started transplanting tobacco seedlings from the seedbed to the field under irrigation. Midlands Provincial crop and livestock officer Mrs Madeliner Magwenzi said farmers with irrigation facilities mainly in Gweru and Kwekwe districts have undergone thorough training...

Cotton farmers urged to de-stock

The Plant Quarantine Services has warned cotton farmers here to complete the de-stocking of cotton stems or risk being penalised starting nextweek. Plant health inspector in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Mr Julius Dhliwayo told...

Govt secures 600 000 foot and mouth doses

THE Government has secured 600 000 doses for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and has also started re-erecting game fences at Gonarezhou separating susceptible animal population from wild buffalo to curb the spread of the disease. Authorities have expressed concern...

Villagers could soon use mobile phones to track cattle

Villagers from Murewa and Uzumba burst into laughter as a Cabinet minister told them that government anticipated the use of latest digital technology in herding cattle and doing some household chores as the country fast catches up with the...

Why do fruits crack? Read about a challenging problem of fruit industry

Introduction A disorder where fruit surface cracks mainly due to heavy irrigation or rain after long dry spell. This may occur due to varietal characters, orchard soil management, inappropriate levels of water at maturity stage, light, temperature and...

Scientists race to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe...

Scientists in developing countries are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out the global banana trade and plunge millions of farmers into poverty. Around the world, banana farmers are fighting a losing...

Pests and diseases of an avocado tree that you should be aware of before...

Root rots – Root rots generally appear in areas with poor drainage or in trees that are chronically over watered. If conditions can be improved, the tree may be able to be saved. Sometimes, digging around the tree...

UN agriculture agency launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector

he United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value –...

early maturity and drought-resistant crop varieties and small grains Encouraged

Farmers in the Midlands Province have been urged to focus on early maturity drought-resistant crop varieties and small grains to improve their yields as the country prepares for erratic rainfall in the 2018/ 2019 summer cropping season. In an interview,...