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ZIMBABWE’s biggest chicken breeder — Irvine’s is now supplying 80 percent of the total requirements for day-old chicks. The company anticipates to meet full demand by September as it continues on its recovery path following the avian influenza outbreak last year. ...

TOBACCO buyer, Bullion Leaf Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd has invested $20 million into contract farming and tobacco buying at the auction floors this year in a bid to boost foreign currency earnings. ...

  Mhlupheki Dube THIS week I wish to discuss one important resource that somehow seems to have a puzzling paradox at the moment. I am usually inundated with enquiries from across the country from potential farmers who are trying to get a piece of land for production purposes. ...

Farming Reporter MORE than 100 cattle have died in Chivhu, Masvingo province over the past few months following the outbreak of theileriosis diseases where beasts die frothing from the mouth and excreting blood stained cow dung. ...

Oliver Kazunga, Senior Business Reporter THE Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Arda) Jotsholo Estate has so far planted 83,3 percent of the 300 hectares of land it plans to put under the Command Wheat Programme. ...

Mhlupheki Dube WHILE I was touring a poultry farm recently, I came across a batch of young guinea fowls, probably around six weeks old. Even my colleagues could not tell whether these young guinea fowls were females or males. In other words we could not readily distinguish the sex of these young birds until a foreman of the farm was asked to help. ...

Farming Reporter OVER 3 000 farmers have registered under the Command Livestock programme in Matabeleland South Province, and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement says only those with a proven track record in animal husbandry will be prioritised. ...

Mhlupheki Dube GOING through various districts of Matabeleland North and observing the slaughter facilities for livestock gives you an uncomfortable feeling that someone in the important offices is sleeping on duty. ...

Sharon Munjenjema, Harare Bureau WOES of livestock loss and theft may soon be a thing of the past as the country introduces an electronic system to trace animals, our Harare Bureau has learnt. ...

Mhlupheki Dube REPORTS about the outbreak of avian influenza in Limpopo Province of South Africa should send a jolting signal to the responsible authorities in Zimbabwe. ...