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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...

 ‘Commercialise green bean production’

AS the summer cropping season beckons, one nutritious  crop local farmers can consider producing is green beans, also known as fine beans or bush beans. Green beans can be grown at any time of the year and it takes almost two to two-and-a-half months for...

Rabbit farming way to go 

RABBIT farming is fast becoming one of the most profitable small stock ventures for local farmers as the demand for rabbit meat is increasing on the local market.  Of late, locals are trying different types of meat which is not chicken, beef or pork.   Locals...

Sheep production on the rise

THE Agriculture Ministry has indicated that sheep production is on a steady rise with the herd growing from 600 000 last year to 700 000 in 2022. According to the Ministry,  given the increase in the herd, sheep producers are on the right track in...

Black skin, white masks: Part Two

WITH most summer crops ripe, harvesting is underway, with emphasis on the storage of the harvested crop considered key in ensuring farmers get good returns.  Experts contend that harvesting between March and June helps prevent grain loss to birds.  Most commercial farmers only store harvested maize...

Young farmers boosting agric production

THE economic development mantra adopted by the Second Republic, of ‘building the nation brick-by-brick’, has resulted in a positive ripple effect as locals in various economic sectors have been challenged to play their part in rebuilding the economy. Players in the agricultural sector, the bedrock...

Sunflower production key

IN December last year, Government announced the pre-planting producer prices for summer crops, with the  ZWL$150 686,20 per tonne price set for sunflower attracting growers to consider producing it. In the past seasons, sunflower has not been a crop of choice for commercial production for most...

Boost for fish farmers in Kariba

OVER the years, fish production at Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River has been on the decline. This caused by the lake’s ecosystem which is sensitive to volatile environmental conditions, such as droughts. Lack of an effective management system has directly affected the livelihoods of small...

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