BREAKING: Veld fires burn 120 tonnes of maize in Mubaira

  An estimated 120 tonnes of maize is reported burnt at Burnbank Farm near Mubaira. The incident was a result of a veld fire, according to farm owner Alderman Audrey Hativagone. She told the ZBC News that the burnt maize was heaped,...

Tobacco seed sales up

  Tobacco production is poised for an increase in the summer cropping season following a 73 percent increase in seed sales. Latest figures from the sector show that 601 kilogrammes of flue cured tobacco seed has been sold, up from 373...

Soya bean contract schemes expanded

  Oil expressers are expanding soya bean contract schemes in order to boost production of the key raw material which has been in short supply. Inadequate supply of soya beans, a key raw material in the manufacture of cooking oil, has...

Cattle herd doubles at ARDA Sedgewick

A local youth, Vengai Runyowa, who was given the opportunity to partner with the Agriculture Rural Development Authority (ARDA) under a public private partnership (PPP) in livestock production, has doubled the herd from 403 in 2015 to over 800...

Mat South Command Fisheries Programme launched

Communities in Umzingwane have been assured that meaningful socio-economic benefits will soon be derived from Mtshabezi Dam. This came out during the provincial launch of the command fisheries programme at the dam, whose construction in 1997 was meant to...

Govt expects one million tonnes of grain

Government expects over a million tonnes of grain to be delivered to Grain Marketing Board depots across the country, by September following the success of the command agriculture programme. Farmers who took part in the command agriculture programme, are...

Irrigation programmes for small scale farmers

Small scale farmers are set benefit from irrigation programmes being spearheaded by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made, who was in Rome, Italy, for the Council of...

Start procuring more grain bags, GMB told

The government has instructed the Grain Marketing Board to start procuring more grain bags and tarpoline used for the preservation of grain as the amount of grain being delivered to the GMB silos especially in Mashonaland Central and...

Law criminalising abuse of command agric gazetted

The government has gazetted a statutory instrument that criminalises abuse of inputs and produce under the Command Agriculture Programme. This was confirmed by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in this in Kadoma during a groundbreaking ceremony for an agri-residential...

Small grains sustain Mat South families

Small grains production in Matabeleland South province has enhanced food security for many families where farmers, particularly in Umzingwane district, are growing cow peas, macia sorghum, lelab as well as velvet beans. Small grains are able to retain moisture...