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Maize Farmers are failing to sell to GMB due to the moisture content present in the maize.

High moisture content promotes fungal infestation which results in aflatoxin that is not desirable to human and livestock consumption.

It also causes de-colourisation of the grain thus compromising quality

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Cabinet has approved a $300 million-dollar livestock support programme.

The programme which is set to benefit livestock farmers from all sectors is expected to run for between 3 and 5years.

“This is the time for A2 farmers in livestock to make a contribution towards the economy,” said Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made.

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Over 140,000 birds were culled due to avian influenza, a disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) type A viruses which naturally occurs among wild aquatic birds.

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Blessing Rwizi Business Correspondent (Manica Post)

Mutasa District youths have embraced the fruit and vegetable sun-drying project following the success of 40 others who ventured into the trade four years ago.

The youths in wards three, five, six and seven have formed six groups, Dambandamba, Zindi Best Young Farmers, New Pioneer, Kubatana, Kurima Ivhu and Samaringa.

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Success Story of Thuthuka Young Farmers Club in Lupane District Matabeleland North Province

 

History of the Project

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ZIMBABWE Farmers’ Union in partnership with NORAD through SACAU has established young farmers’ clubs in more than 50 primary and secondary schools around Mutare, Mutasa and Makoni districts to enhance Conservation Agriculture(CA) adoption by the surrounding communities.

 ‘CA’ is a set of soil management practices that minimise the disruption of the soils structure, composition and natural biodiversity.

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Andile Tshuma (Chronicle Business Reporter)

 

SMALL-HOLDER farmers should embrace Information and Communication Technologies to access information on latest production techniques and connecting to markets.

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The 2017 Tobacco marketing season commenced Wednesday March 15 2017.

This season marks a new age in tobacco marketing as TIMB introduces a new and convenient e-marketing system.

Generally, the concerns from the farmers, are issues to do with prices and swiftness in receiving payments.

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Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union with support from the International Youth Foundation (IYF) is implementing the Zimbabwe works Entrepreneurship project.

The project aims to support nine hundred and forty-four youths from Bubi, Lupane, Goromonzi and Umizingwane between the ages of twenty and thirty-five of which at least sixty five percent will be women. 

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Zimbabwe received normal to above normal rainfall characterised by incessant rains since November 2016.

 

The continuous rains that the country received for the past four months has caused flooding especially in the Southern parts of the nation.

 

Incessant rains are not ideal for crop and livestock production as they may lead to crop leaching also, prolonged humid conditions are conducive for pest and diseases.

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