Industry & Commerce AGRICULTURE

Increased Production, Productivity and Food Security

In progress
Sep 2019

Cabinet approves US$51m John Deere agric deal September 11, 2019

Cabinet approved a US$51 million facility to be financed by John Deere for the supply of agricultural mechanisation equipment.

Motivation For The Deal: 1. Zim has a mechanisation gap of approximately 543 000 agricultural implements. 2. Subdued levels of agric production attributted to inefficient & obsolete equipment.

Terms of The Deal: 1. 80 combine harvesters, 1 300 tractors, 200 disc harrows, 400 planters, 200 seed drills, 100 boom sprayers, 100 tipping trailers 2. John Deere will provide funds for the facility & ensure equipment is manufactured timeously. 3. Agribank will provide the final selection of farmers depending on its lending policy. 3. John Deere together with Min of Agric will provide training to beneficiaries on the use of equipment.

Sep 2019

Dairy producers to leverage on duty exemption September 11, 2019

The Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) says the sector will leverage on the recent policy measures exempting dairies from paying duty in foreign currency for certain selected inputs to boost productivity as well as enhance its contribution to economic growth.

Mar 2019

Fresh Farm Invasions Disrupting Production Across The Country March 01, 2019

Chaos is reigning in the agriculture sector as there are reports of fresh farm invasions in some areas across the country. Most of the farms that are being targeted are those that are being used productively by commercial white farmers.

Feb 2019

Presidential inputs spur increase in cotton farming February 05, 2019

COTTON farming in Manicaland has increased following the rise in the uptake of inputs by farmers under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme. Nearly 11 000 hectares of land has been put under cotton production this farming season, compared to 6 000ha planted last season.

Oct 2018

Seed, fertiliser producers slash prices October 31, 2018

Seed and fertiliser producers yesterday started reducing prices following Monday’s meeting with the President. Seed and fertiliser producers had by yesterday reduced the price of maize seed and fertilisers by nearly 50 percent with some farmers feeling the new prices are still out of their reach.

Sep 2018

Command Livestock unlocks immediate returns September 29, 2018

Government’s Command Livestock projects have performed beyond expectations, with farmers already realising profits from the enterprises. Poultry farmers, who benefited from the Command poultry project, have already sold their birds and realised profits.

Sep 2018

Presidential inputs should benefit all September 22, 2018

‘Presidential inputs should benefit all’ Acting President Kembo Mohadi hands over maize seed and fertilisers to beneficiaries at the launch of the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme in Lutumba, Beitbridge, yesterday. Following proceedings are Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri and Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Abednico Ncube The Acting President was addressing scores of people at Lutumba Business Centre in Beitbridge East Constituency during the launch of the small grains programme, which falls under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme. Thirty tonnes of Compound D, 20 tonnes of top dressing fertiliser, 5 tonnes of millet, 5 tonnes of sorghum and 600 packets of vergi seeds were distributed to 600 households during the launch yesterday.

Sep 2018

1,8m households to get farming inputs assistance September 22, 2018

AT least 1.8 million households will be assisted with farming inputs ahead of the 2018/19 as the Government steps up efforts to boost food security in the country, Acting President Kembo Mohadi has said.

Sep 2018

Command Agriculture boosts wheat production September 15, 2018

Zimbabwe has produced 186 243 tonnes of wheat during the 2017-18 season with 80 percent of the tonnage delivered from farmers contracted under Command Agriculture. Of the 186 000 tonnes, 148 356 179 tonnes were delivered by farmers who benefited from the Government’s Command Agriculture programme. Last season the country produced less than 100 000 tonnes of wheat. The country requires 460 000 tonnes of wheat every year and current efforts are expected to progressively increase production to wipe out the deficit.

Sep 2018

Agribank targets $105m support to farmers September 06, 2018

THE Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) has set a target of $105 million funding support to farmers this year as part of measures to enhance growth of the sector and its contribution to the economy. “Financing is being extended to major subsectors of the agriculture sector such as maize, tobacco, soya, horticulture sugarcane as well as the critical fertilisers and chemical industries that support agriculture with inputs.”

Aug 2018

Govt inputs schemes target 2,2m households August 30, 2018

Government is targeting to distribute maize, sorghum and cotton inputs to 2,2 million households for the 2018-19 summer cropping season, a move that will help cement Zimbabwe’s national food security. This was said by President Mnangagwa in his remarks at the 6th annual Agri-business Conference at the Harare Agricultural Show.

Aug 2018

Govt invites Tugwi-Mukosi outgrowers August 20, 2018

Government has invited applications from farmers interested in venturing into irrigation farming using water from the Tugwi-Mukosi Dam in southern Masvingo. The dam has potential to irrigate over 25 000 hectares.

Dec 2017

Govt avails forex for fertiliser chemicals December 28, 2017

Government has moved to ease fertiliser shortage after availing an undisclosed amount of foreign currency for the importation of raw materials to manufacture adequate stocks

Dec 2017

Sakunda injects $10 million into Command Livestock December 27, 2017

Sakunda Holdings has unveiled a $10 million funding package to kick-start Command Livestock and will also bankroll the production of up to two million chickens per month as the fuel firm maintains its partnership with Government in strategic policy interventions to revive the national economy.