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Harnessing agriculture for economic development 

By Shephard Majengeta  AS Zimbabwe grapples with the challenges posed by the El Niño-induced droughts, there arises a critical opportunity to mitigate these effects and propel the nation towards sustainable development.  The upcoming winter cropping season presents a pivotal moment to leverage irrigation technologies and strategic...

The resurgence of Theileriosis in 2024 

THE issues of global changes, climate change and tick-borne diseases cannot be ignored, given they are now becoming the order of the day.   Cattle and other livestock, the world over, are experiencing both ecological and biological stress which could affect the wellbeing of livestock...

Lessons from El Nino season

By Fidelis Manyange THE current drought we are facing has been a huge wake-up call for Zimbabweans to be innovative in terms of food production. For instance, smallholder farmers in the traditionally dry agro-ecological regions have been urged to embrace drought-resistant crops such as sorghum,...

 Leptospirosis – An urban contagion which threatens man and animal 

WET spells, such as experienced lately in January and early February up to March in Zimbabwe, have a considerable influence on the spread of tick-borne and rat-borne diseases in domestic pets, poultry and livestock. The wet ground and rotting garbage render all animals vulnerable...

Why knowledge of toxic plants is vital to farmers

By Fidelis Manyange  LAST year, during one of my numerous visits to Matabeleland, I came upon the unfortunate case of a farmer from Sipambili Village under Chief Gampu in Tsholotsho who had lost 14 head of cattle.  The animals had consumed a poisonous plant known as...

Zimbabwe must adopt organic farming or die

By Rutendo Matinyarare  How exactly does the nation go organic?  THE first step in going organic is changing the mentality of our farmers and citizens by reminding them that farmers are curators of life. Their responsibility is to nurture living soils that support healthy, nutritious crops and...

Consider rearing guinea fowl

Agriculture Reporter GUINEA FOWL, apart from contributing to household income, play an important role in the socio-cultural lives of the people hence the increase in number of farmers rearing them. They are mainly raised by subsistence farmers under rural backyard system of poultry production. According to the...

Livestock production in winter

LIVESTOCK production is one of the largest sub-sectors of agriculture practised by farmers across the country. With the winter season upon us, there are measures farmers must take to protect their livestock from the harsh weather conditions. Agriculture expert Clive Masarakufa said there are management procedures...

Winter cropping is upon us 

WITH most farmers done harvesting crops for the last summer cropping season, preparations for the coming winter season are on course. Farmers on large farms with access to irrigation have begun preparations for wheat production, one of the most produced crops in winter. For those with...

Small Grains are the future

Rural women farmers in Zimbabwe have been described as key to preserving and conserving traditional seeds as food heritage. Government, stakeholders and civic society organisations that included Sprout Women Empowerment Trust (SWET) and Women and Land in Zimbabwe recently held a breakfast meeting in Harare...

Duck production and management

POULTRY production is one of the key livestock production sub-sectors small scale and commercial farmers have taken up over the years. The increase in players in the poultry production sector has shown that it is more than just about broilers, layers, and road-runners.  Of course, these...

Tips on sweet potato production

THE 2022/2023 summer cropping season beckons and farmers are optimistic.  Another profitable agricultural venture to consider this season is sweet potato farming.   Sweet potatoes are a delicacy preferred for their nutritional value and relatively low production cost.   Several value-added products can be made from sweet...

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