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Farmers warned to be on the oookout for dry weather pests

“As the temperatures begin to rise, pests become more active, feeding on crops, hence farmers should be on the lookout for these pests,” he said.Farmers must be wary of pests that thrive with rising temperatures that are being recorded,...

African universities urged to focus on farming technology

The African Development Bank has urged academic institutions to adapt their curriculum to enable technology-driven farming, saying there is no reason why Africa should be spending $35bn a year importing food. According to the bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, the rapid...
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Weed-killing AI robot the future & pesticide disruption

Smart weed-killing robots are here to disrupt the pesticide industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw4p31gtX60 A slew of AI weed killers are on the horizon and have the potential to disrupt the multibillion dollar pesticides business. Among them is Swiss-company ecoRobotix and its weed-killing robot. It's...

Zinwa Water Agreement: a must read for irrigation farmers

What is a water abstraction agreement? A water abstraction agreement is a contract that any person, entity or organisation who needs a reservation for their use of   raw water from Zinwa managed or State dams enters into with Zinwa for...

Having a fight with weed resistance ?

Avoiding Herbicide Resistance in Weeds A wise farmer once said, “If you do anything the same way long enough, it’s wrong, because soon things are going to change” This is certainly true when speaking of weeds and herbicide resistance. Just like any...

Tobbaco curing -what usually goes wrong

In an attempt to get the golden leaf onto the market now that the tobacco marketing season is upon us, most tobacco farmers are in frantic efforts to cure their tobacco and join the queue at the floors. Having...

Molasses shortage in zimbabwe

MOLASSES procurement by stockfeed manufacturers on the local market has tumbled from a peak of 1 474 metric tonnes per month in 2015 to 774 metric tonnes per month in 2017, it has emerged. By Tinashe Kairiza The bulk of the...

principles of wheat irrigation

Adequate soil moisture is required for normal development of the wheat plant at all the growth stages. Since there is very little or no rainfall during winter in the Sub Saharan Region, irrigation is required to achieve a good...

moles a challenge in potato farming

Sussie Mundia a local farmer just posted a popular potato pest that has been giving her endless worries she had this to say " Thank God I have managed to kill one of the bager which has been finishing my sweet...

Cow urine can be used as a low cost alternative to chemical pesticides and...

These days, when people are apprehensive of the negative impacts created by the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture, cattle urine can be a good solution. When fermented for 15 days along with neem (Azadirachta indica), cattle urine can be...