Zimbabwe writes off 106 520ha of maize due to dry weather spell

The Ministry of Agriculture is pursuing crop diversification in order to spread the risk of crop failure after the prolonged dry spells experienced in the 2019/2020 season led to low area planted and ...

By Staff reporter | Published: 22 April 2020


Maize ban triggers Zimbabwe - Zambia border stand-off

Some Zimbabweans without proper documentation were denied entry into Zambia last week as the neighbouring reacted to the confiscation of maize by Zimbabwean authorities following the introduction of S...

By Staff reporter | Published: 01 July 2019


Maize deliveries reach 214k tonnes

Farmers have delivered nearly 214 000 tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board since the beginning of the season in April, a senior official has said. The average weekly deliveries are 4 000 tonne...

By Staff reporter | Published: 11 July 2018


Zim set to import maize this year

Zimbabwe's maize output will fall short of a government projection of 2.1 million tonnes during 2017/18 agricultural season, a report by an economic advisory firm released last week indicates. The Eco...

By Staff reporter | Published: 12 April 2018


Zim faces maize output shortfall

Zimbabwe will face a shortfall in maize output in the current 2017/18 season on the back of erratic weather conditions with the hole expected to be plugged by carryover stocks from last season, the Fa...

By Staff reporter | Published: 09 March 2018


Maize grain supply decreases

Maize supply on the market has decreased due to anticipated poor harvests caused by the low rainfall experienced in the country from the start of the season up to February, the FEWSNET has reported. T...

By Staff reporter | Published: 08 March 2018


Police in soup for impounding $1,5m maize

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has approached the High Court challenging an order to pay $90 300 in damages to a company that had 22 of its trucks containing maize worth $1,5 million from Zambia i...

By Staff reporter | Published: 07 March 2018


GMB seeks funds to buy maize driers

THE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is seeking funds to buy maize driers to dry maize that will be delivered to their depots with moisture content above the recommended standard as it readies for this yea...

By Staff reporter | Published: 25 February 2018


500 000 tonnes maize in grain reserves

THE Government has said the nation should not panic over the erratic rains this cropping season because in the event of farmers failing to harvest, the country has enough grain reserves. The country h...

By Staff reporter | Published: 29 January 2018


SeedCo Zim targets 275% maize growth

Zimbabwe's largest seed producer, SeedCo, says it is targeting to increase maize production in the small-holder sector by 275% from the current 0.8 tonnes to 3.0 tonnes. SeedCo Zimbabwe managing direc...

By Staff reporter | Published: 15 December 2017


Zimbabwe targets 170,000ha for maize

GOVERNMENT says nearly 40 000 farmers have registered to grow maize during the 2017/17 farming season with over 170 000 hectares of land targeted for the crop.A total of 39 714 farmers, including inst...

By Staff reporter | Published: 05 September 2017


Maize seed demand up 50%

ANNUAL demand for maize seed in Zimbabwe has increased 50 percent to 37 500 tonnes compared to 25 000 tonnes that was required prior the land redistribution programme in year 2000, while seed producer...

By Staff reporter | Published: 05 September 2017


Maize deliveries hit 450,000 tonnes

Grain deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board for the 2016 /17 farming season have tripled to 450 000 tonnes compared to the corresponding period, a senior Government has said. Farmers started deliver...

By Staff reporter | Published: 03 August 2017


Zim maize production up 286% from a low base

The 2016/17 agricultural season registered a 280 percent increase in average household maize production from the previous year, the latest Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report r...

By Staff reporter | Published: 27 July 2017


Maize deliveries pour in

THE Grain Marketing Board is receiving an average 90 000 tonnes of maize a week with Government yesterday saying deliveries were fast approaching the 500 000 tonnes required for the Strategy Grain Res...

By Staff reporter | Published: 25 July 2017


Zimbabwe bans maize imports

The government has with immediate effect banned all maize imports and the issuance or renewal of import licences for maize has also been stopped forthwith.After reviewing the state of maize deliveries...

By Staff reporter | Published: 19 July 2017


AMA to float $80 million bills for maize purchase

THE Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) plans to float $80 million worth of bills to finance the buying of local maize for the 2017 season.During the same period last year, AMA floated an additiona...

By Staff reporter | Published: 19 July 2017


Fires burn 120 tonnes of maize

An estimated 120 tonnes of maize has reportedly been burnt at Burnbank Farm near Mubaira.The incident was a result of a veld fire, according to farm owner Alderman Audrey Hativagone.She told reporters...

By Staff reporter | Published: 18 July 2017


Zim maize production tumbles

Zimbabwe's maize production for the 2014/15 agricultural season is forecast to decline by over 500 000 tonnes to 950 000 tonnes due to a prolonged dry spell, a latest Food and Agriculture Organisation...

By Staff reporter | Published: 21 June 2015


GMB maize intake dwindles

The Grain Marketing Board has witnessed a continual decline in maize intake over the past five years as farmers opted to sell their grain to private buyers due to delays by the company in making paym...

By Staff reporter | Published: 17 April 2014


GMB maize intake declines

The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has recorded a 59 percent decline in maize intake with the total of 47 000 metric tonnes received during the 2013/14 marketing season against a total of 131 000 metric ...

By Staff reporter | Published: 14 April 2014


Govt forecast 1.8 million tonnes of maize

Government has set a preliminary maize production target of between 1,6 million metric tonnes to 1,8 million metric tonnes following a good rainfall season.The permanent secretary in the Ministry of L...

By Staff reporter | Published: 26 February 2014


Maize meal 12% price hike looms

ZIMBABWE'S millers have predicted a 12% hike in the price of maize meal after the government arbitrarily re-instated the Grain Marketing Board's (GMB) monopoly on grain procurement and banned private ...

By Staff reporter | Published: 10 February 2014


National Foods reopens Mutare maize mill

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed grain processor, National Foods, yesterday reopened its Mutare Maize mill to complement operations at the Harare and Bulawayo plants in order to meet increased demand.T...

By Staff reporter | Published: 21 January 2014


ZFU calls for competitive maize prices

ZIMBABWE Farmers' Union (ZFU) has called on the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to come up with competitive maize producer prices to promote local farmers.In an interview yesterday, ZFU vice-president Ber...

By Business Reporter | Published: 17 January 2014

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