Zimbabwe embarks on potato seed multiplication program to get rid of low quality seeds

ZIMBABWE – The Government of Zimbabwe in conjunction with Kutsaga Research Station has embarked on a seed potato multiplication programme in a bid to eradicate aphid-transmitted potato viruses that cause severe yield reduction and loss of tuber quality in potatoes. Tobacco Research Board (TRB) Head Liaison, Dr Dzingai Rukuni said this programme will help reduce the critical shortage of the…

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FAO trains environmental health personnel in Zimbabwe on food safety risk analysis

ZIMBABWE – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has trained environmental health personnel in Zimbabwe on food safety risk analysis, focusing on risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. Based on the FAO/WHO Food Safety Risk Analysis Guide for National Food Safety Authorities, FAO and the government of Zimbabwe have trained 311 food inspectors since November…

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Zimbabwe’s Seed Co launches new climate smart maize varieties

ZIMBABWE – Seed Co Zimbabwe, a leading certified seed company in Africa, has launched three new maize seed varieties SC 547, SC 437 and SC 303 as part of its efforts to address farmers’ challenges posed by climate change. The varieties were launched at the national annual field day at Seed Co’s Rattray Arnold Research Station in Goromonzi. The field…

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Zimbabwe to export fresh citrus fruits to China

ZIMBABWE – Following the penning of the citrus phytosanitary protocol,  Zimbabwe can now export fruits to China, in a development expected to broaden export destinations for the fruits and remove overdependence on South Africa and the European market. The phytosanitary protocol requires that a cold chain system for the export of fresh citrus fruits to China be put in place…

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Zimbabwe develops app to furnish producers with information on best practices in beef production

ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) – Beef Enterprise and Transformation (BEST) Project has spear headed the development of a mobile application called “Kurima Mari/Ukulima Imali” to assist large-scale commercial and small-scale beef producers with information on best practices in beef production. ZAGP is a response to tackle the challenges facing the livestock sector in Zimbabwe through financial…

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Zimbabwe’s AMP Group achieves FSSC 22000 Certification

ZIMBABWE – Associated Meat Packers (AMP Group), a joint venture business with Colcom Holdings Limited, Zimbabwe, a pork and meat products producer, has achieved the coveted Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000, becoming the 11th Zimbabwean company to receive the certification. The certification is a testament of the company’s continued commitment to continually improve the management and control of food…

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Zimbabwe’s food manufacturers fail to meet fortification requirements

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s food manufacturers have faulted the sporadic supply of foreign currency as one of the many tailbacks that hinder them from  meeting the stipulated food fortification requirements, since most fortificants are imported. This follows recent ultimatum by the Ministry of Health and Child Care that manufacturers of food that require fortification risk having their products banned if they…

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FAO launches online course to improve poultry production practices in African countries

ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through its Virtual Learning Centre for Southern Africa (SFS-VLC) has launched an online course to bolster the capacity of Farmer Field School (FFS) facilitators and master trainers in Zambia and Zimbabwe to prepare and run quality poultry-focused FFS.  The course will broaden their knowledge and skills in FFS facilitation in…

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