Oct. 25, 2020
The Government is coming up with a strategic roadmap to significantly reduce fertiliser imports in the next five years through capacitating local companies. The Five-Year Fertiliser Import Substitution Roadmap, will be largely focused on ramping up production at Sable Chemicals, the country’s sole ammonium nitrate producer and Chemplex Phosphates. An investment of nearly US$40million would see Sable Chemicals increasing output to 240 000 tonnes of AN by 2024 and this would reduce imports from the current 220 000 to 10 000 tonnes, according to the five-year strategic roadmap.
Nov. 11, 2020
A new board has been appointed at the Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA); it has begun reorienting the institution’s strategic focus in order to turn the key parastatal into a driver of innovation within the agriculture sector from being primarily a collector of levies from farmers. It has plans to facilitate the structuring of innovative financial instruments to enable smallholder farmers with no collateral to access finance and investment in a new strategy aimed at modernising subsistence agriculture.
Nov. 1, 2020
Farmers have harvested and delivered more than 100 000 tonnes of wheat from the 2020 winter cropping season to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), eclipsing the 90 000 tonnes delivered for the whole of last year. GMB is receiving over 4 000 tonnes of the cereal per day, with the parastatal’s depots now operating daily. Zimbabwe is projected to harvest over 250 000 tonnes of the grain — enough to cover nine months’ supply and save the country over US$100 million through import substitution.
Oct. 27, 2020
The Minister of Industry and Commerce informed Cabinet that Sable Chemicals has accessed US$1.4million in foreign currency through the auction floor system which is sufficient to import Ammonia to produce 5 500 metric tonnes of AN fertilizer. The company has produced 2700 metric tonnes of AN valued at US$1.350 million. The fertilizer will be supplied to CBZ Agroyield, ZFC and Omnia. Cabinet noted that the project will support the Agricultural Recovery Plan through the provision of affordable local fertilizer, and ultimately enhance production and reduce reliance on food imports.
Oct. 14, 2020
The Lands Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Ministry has come up with reforms that have resulted in the establishment of one-stop permit processing at head office aimed at improving the ease of doing business in the sector and to promote competitiveness.
June 15, 2020
The Government has also sourced 5 000 motorbikes for agricultural extension officers so that they are mobile to support farmers with proper farming methods to increase yields.