Tobacco Marketing Season Starts On A High Note

The 2018 tobacco marking season officially started yesterday on a high note with the first tobacco bale fetching $4.90 per kilogramme, a first of its kind in many years. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga officially opened the marketing season yesterday at Tobacco Sales Floors which traditionally signifies the end of January disease. Tobacco farmers expressed hope in the new dispensation for a better marketing season. Last season the, first bales fetched $4.60 which farmers were not happy with. Tobacco farmers were having high spirits and hoped that the prices will remain…

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TIMB, Tobacco deliveries commence on Monday

Preparations for the 2018 tobacco marketing season are well on course with Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) saying on Monday next week booked farmers will start delivering their crop ahead of the opening day of selling on the 21st of March. A visit by ZBC News to some auction floors revealed that there is high anticipation from small scale traders and the auction floors. Anticipation of a brisk 2018 tobacco marketing season is high with the regulator saying all systems are in place as deliveries commence next Monday. “We…

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Macadamia nuts record brisk business in Chipinge

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The production of macadamia nuts has gripped upper Chipinge as most farmers have realised the lucrative nature of the venture which is now perceived as the ‘diamond of Chipinge’. Chipinge is a unique district with all the five ecological regions with macadamia trees mainly being grown in high rainfall areas. The macadamia plants in Chipinge are now known as the green diamond due to the high demand of macadamia nuts internationally. The nuts’ high demand internationally is greatly improving economic activities in the Eastern border district and nationally, through improving…

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Govt supports GMB unbundling

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Government has expressed support for the unbundling of the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) as it moves to separate the strategic grain reserve from the commercial enterprise involved in milling and food packaging.    Proposals by the GMB to separate the strategic grain reserve from its commercial ventures have received support from the government.  Speaking during […] Source: ZBC

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ARDA defies request by parly committee

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The Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) defied for the second time a request by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement to furnish them with documents relating to their agreements with Green Fuel, Trek and any other agreements with their partners. The parastatal made its second appearance before the committee today after […] Source: ZBC

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Bushozhi Piggery Project set to improve livelihoods

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Members of the recently launched Bushozhi Piggery Project in Hwange East are upbeat the pilot programme will improve the livelihoods of the villagers and make meaningful contribution to the country’s overall pig production. Kasibo villagers under Chief Hwange who recently established the Bushozhi Pig-rearing Project are convinced that with relevant support and training in piggery, […] Source: ZBC

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Harare Exhibition Park faces major facelift

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The Zimbabwe Agriculture Society (ZAS) will rebrand the Harare Exhibition Park to be a business hub as the society repositions itself as relevant to stakeholder demands aside from the show event held once annually. Rebranding of the Harare Exhibition Park in coming months will see it revert to being named the business hub as the ZAS gears to meet industry and commercial expectations. Speaking at the launch of the 2018 Harare Agriculture Show which will run under the theme, “Field to Industry-Produce Connect Develop”, ZAS chief executive officer Dr. Anxious…

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Pests threaten horticulture exports 

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Export of fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh cut flowers are under threat due to the influx of a pest identified as false codling moth, a development which has forced the intervention of the Plant Quarantine Services Department. Plant Quarantine Services, chief plant health inspector Mrs. Monica Mabika said there have been increased complaints from the EU market over occurrence of the pest in Zimbabwean produce prompting the department to intervene through alerting farmers so that local exports do not lose their certification. Plant Health Services Division entomologist Dr. Shepherd Ndlela…

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Marondera women to benefit from poultry project

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Zanu PF women in Marondera have benefited from a poultry project introduced in the constituency to empower the electorate. The poultry project which is set to benefit women from all the 18 wards in the district was spearheaded by Zanu PF Women’s League provincial member Cde Spiwe Mukunyaidze. Mashonaland East Zanu PF Women’s League chairperson Cde Nyarai Chiwura urged the women to take advantage of the project to empower themselves. The women were also provided with chicken feed as part of the package. Source: ZBC

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