Agriculture in Zimbabwe

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Zimbabwe's evicted white farmers dispute government compensation claims

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/22 White Zimbabwean commercial farmers who were driven off their land during President Robert Mugabe's controversial land seizures are disputing claims by the finance minister that they got $134 million in compensation last year. Zimbabwe grabbed world headlines in 2000 at the same time as supporters of 93-year-old Mugabe invaded white-owned farms and evicted their owners, often violently. Mugabe defended the seizures as necessary to redress colonial exploitation.
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Fresh Land Grab Threats 'Are Racist, Nonsensical'

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/06/07 Zimbabwe's major opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Morgan Tsvangirai has castigated President Robert Mugabe over his recent threats to embark on fresh land grabs targeting the few remaining white commercial farmers in the southern African country. Mugabe, 93, on Friday said that white commercial farmers who still remained on the farms should be removed from their properties because most Zimbabweans were in need of land. The nonagenarian said this while addressing thousands of his ruling Zanu-PF party supporters in the farming town of Marondera, about 80km east of the capital Harare.
  • Winter Maize Gets Lifeline Tagged in Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/06/07 Lowveld sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has revived winter maize production in Chiredzi, with 329 hectares instantly under development to plant the staple crop. This is part of efforts to mitigate effects of successive crippling droughts experienced across Masvingo in recent seasons. The move by Tongaat followed a request from Government and the Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial leadership led by secretary for production Cde Josaya Hungwe. At least 1 000 tonnes of maize will be produced under the project, with harvesting of the winter crop expected around September this year.
  • Is Southern Africa's Agro-Industry Delivering Food Security?

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/03/19 Has the predominance of the agricultural sector in Southern Africa translated into food and nutrition security in the region? Evidently not! Food security remains a major socio-economic and political challenge in the region with some analysts arguing that food insecurity is a new threat to national security. Agriculture is the dominant economic sector in the SADC regional economy contributing up to 35 % to its GDP. Approximately 70 % of the people in Southern Africa depend on agriculture for food, gain and employment while agricultural commodities and produce are the principal exports in a lot of nations, on average contributing approximately 13 % to total export earnings and 66 % to the price of intra-regional trade.
  • Zimbabwe: Pioneer Scales Down Seed Production

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/11/27 "We are not planting any seeds this farming season because we have enough to supply the country for the next two years," he said. "Our farmers will not have a challenge of seed shortage for the meantime time because we have enough in stock," he said. Mr Myers, however, said the company had increased prices for maize seed by 15 %. "We have not changed prices in the completed three years," he said, adding the liquidity crunch had slowed down sales.
  • Remaining White Farmers Must Go - Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/07/07 PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure against few hundred white remaining farmers saying they too must go adding whites would no longer be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe. In an address filled with anti-western rhetoric at the launch of the A1 Model Settlement Tenure Permit in the Zanu PF heartland of Mashonaland West, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was no country for whites as far as the land was concerned. "There are white farmers who are still on the land and have the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians inclunding traditional leaders," he said.
  • Tobacco growers want their voices heard

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/07/06 Representatives of tobacco growers in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa together with representatives of the International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) have called on all governments, particularly those from the tobacco-growing regions, to include them in discussions of policies that will have a direct impact on their lives. They made the call next their conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, over the completed three days to discuss issues that will have a major impact on their livelihoods ITGA President Francois van der Merwe said that tobacco growers are alarmed that recommendations on tobacco proposed for the next Conference of the Parties (COP6) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will penalise growers for whom tobacco crops are a route out of poverty and a way of life.
  • Zifa to Venture Into Farming in Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/12/08 ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube says his association will venture into farming and mining to generate gain for the national teams and the organisation's operations from next year. The association have by presently launched a platform dubbed "Dollar for Football" project to appeal to each Zimbabwean to spare, at least a dollar or its equivalent, for football. That money will be poured into general government, grassroots development, marketing, competitions, infrastructural development, equipment, high-profile events and national teams. Speaking at a fundraising dinner organised by the Golden Jubilee Committee on Thursday night, Dube said it was time that Zifa diversify its operations.
  • 2.2 million Zimbabweans are reportedly at risk from food insecurity,

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/10/02 Following on from the World Food Programme’s (WFP) press release that 2.2 million people will be in need of food aid in the coming months, newspapers have been full of commentary on a looming food crisis in Zimbabwe. The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has labelled the estimated food shortfalls a “man-made crisis”, a direct result of the “chaotic” land reform and a decade of inappropriate policies. For a country of 13.72 million people, 2.2 million represents a very large figure. Such a high number of food-insecure people would require substantial volumes of food imports, far beyond the means of the country’s Finance Ministry.