Zimbabwe makes steps towards wheat self-sufficiency with imports declining 11% in 2022

ZIMBABWE- Zimbabwe is making progress towards attaining self-sufficiency in wheat with import volumes declining 11% from 210 million kilograms in 2021 to 186 million in 2022. Zimbabwe which historically used to import 80 percent of wheat annually, has made steps towards increasing local production to substitute imports which end up depleting valuable foreign exchange reserves. Despite reduce imports, Zimbabwe still…

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Grain Marketing Board partners Buhler, Aftrade to modernize, expand grain storage capacity in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Grain Marketing Board, Zimbabwe’s leading grain trade and marketing company, is investing US$275 million in the expansion and modernization of its grain storage capacity in Zimbabwe. The project will include 8 new silo complexes with a total capacity of 451,200 tonnes for the benefit of the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) over the next three years. According to the…

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AFC steps up support for wheat production, surpasses hectarage target by 14%

ZIMBABWE-AFC Land and Development Bank, a Zimbabwean commercial banking, insurance, and leasing focusing on agricultural development, has confirmed a 14% rise in wheat hectarage in a US$10.5M investment. According to Ms. Caroline Mozhendi, the AFC Holdings group head of strategy, marketing, and communications, the initial target was 10,000 hectares but through its aid, the farmers realized 11,409 hectares under wheat.…

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Zimbabwe Mercantile Exchange to aid GMB in national grain reserve management

ZIMBABWE-Zimbabwe Mercantile Exchange (ZMX), a sustainable marketing firm in commodity exchange, has been appointed to aid the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) in the management of the country’s Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR).   Established in 1931, GMB is the country’s leading grain trade and Marketing Company responsible to accord local grain producers a fair share of the local and export markets…

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Zimbabwe forecasts higher soya bean production on greater adoption of Rhizobia inoculants

ZIMBABWE – Soyabean production is forecasted to increase following a growing hectarage and rising demand for Rhizobia inoculants as stated by the Chemistry and Soil Research Institute (CSRI). Rhizobia inoculants are bacteria that form a symbiotic relationship with legume plants forming nodules on the plant’s roots and converting nitrogen from the air into nitrogen compounds at optimal rate and time.…

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National Foods invests US$7M in new breakfast cereal plant in push to expand product range

ZIMBABWE – National foods (Nat Foods), one of the largest food processing companies, in Zimbabwe, is bolstering its presence in the breakfast cereal category with a US$7 million investment in a new facility. According to William Kapfupi, National Foods managing executive, cereals unit, the new facility will broaden National Foods’ product range, cut the country’s reliance on imports and consolidate…

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Zimbabwe increases hectarage under cereal production by 42% to reduce reliance on imports

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe is seeking to eliminate dependence on imports of key staple crops such as sorghum, maize, and millet through increased planted hectarage. As of December 5, there were 163,116 hectares of maize, sorghum, and pearl millet, a 42% jump from the last year’s 115,060 hectares planted during the same period. This was revealed by Professor Obert Jiri, the…

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