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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,...

Commodity Prices as at 1 June 2018

Commodity Prices (ZW) Commodity Prices as at 1 June 2018 Price (US$) per metric tonne Commodity GMB Private Buyers Maize 390                 - Sorghum 390             250 Rapoko 390                 - Millet 390        ...

Seed manufacturing companies say Zimbabwe has adequate seed stocks

Seed manufacturing companies say Zimbabwe has adequate seed stocks to sustain requirements of farmers during the 2018-19 summer cropping season. This comes as preparations for the forthcoming agricultural season have just started with regulatory authorities assessing the availability of seed...

What is a water abstraction agreement? Why is it required?

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...

Cotton makes a comeback

Zimbabwe’s cotton deliveries have reached 100 000 tonnes – surpassing last year’s national output of 74 000 tonnes, The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe has said. At its peak in 2013, the country produced 352 000 tonnes of cotton, but plummeted...

Tobacco deliveries hit record 238m kg

The 2018 flue-cured tobacco deliveries have reached a record 238 million kilogrammes, the highest ever in the history of the country. The previous record was 237 million kg, which was achieved in 2000. According to latest Tobacco Industry and...

Disease identification app can boost food security

A team of researchers that has developed an app which will allow small-scale farmers in Africa to identify cassava diseases has won a US$100 000 (R1,4 million) grant to expand the tool for use on other root, tuber and...

Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) has warned that there is an increased probability of...

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) has warned that there is an increased probability of drought inducing El Niño weather conditions recurring in southern Africa including Zimbabwe during the upcoming 2018/2019 agricultural season. During the 2015/2016 period, the region...

Did you know that Baobab trees have more than 100 uses?

The African baobab is a remarkable species. Not only because of its size and lifespan but also in the special way it grows multiple fused stems. In the space between these stems (called false cavities) bark grows, which is...
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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...