US$70 million support for small-scale tobacco growers in Zimbabwe

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says it will this year provide a US$70 million support facility to shore up productivity and competitiveness in the small-scale tobacco production sector. Central bank Governor Dr. John Mangudya said the interventions will be made through the RBZ Tobacco Finance Facility, administered by the…

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Fall armyworm destroys 15% of Zimbabwe’s maize crop

The Zimbabwean government says fall armyworm has destroyed nearly 150 000 hectares of the maize in all 10 provinces of the country. According to the preliminary findings of an impact survey done by the Agricultural Technical and Extension Services (Agritex), the current fall armyworm (FAW) outbreak poses a threat to…

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Zimbabwe bans SA processed meat imports due to listeria

The Zimbabwean government has halted imports of a wide range of processed meat products from South Africa (SA) to prevent the spread of listeriosis. Listeria has killed 180 people since breaking out in SA late last year. On Sunday, Health Minister Aaron Motswaledi identified a food processing plant in Polokwane…

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Mnangagwa wooing back Zimbabwe farmers settled in Zambia

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is offering Zimbabwean farmers who shifted to Zambia at the height of the controversial land reform programme, incentives to return. Zambia’s online newspaper Watchdog reports the drive to get the farmers to relocate back to Zimbabwe is being carried out through special emissaries, while a high…

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