Zimbabwean government partners private investors to boost milk production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe is set to partner investors in the private sector to facilitate implementation of a comprehensive strategy that seeks to boost milk production in the country. The move is part of the government’s intervention to progressively reduce the 44.6 million litres milk supply deficit depicted in the country’s production of…

Zimbabwe’s competition commission engages government over tax on oil seeds imports

ZIMBABWE - The Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) of Zimbabwe unveiled that it has made submissions to government for the removal of 15% value added tax (VAT) imposed on canola and sunflower imports. According to a report by the Herald, the competition body urged that it was essential for the government to temporarily remove 15%…

South Africa’s Pick n Pay annual turnover grows 9.6%, approves expansion plans in Zimbabwe

SOUTH AFRICA - Pick n Pay, second largest retailer in South Africa has reported 9.6% growth in its annual turnover for the financial year to the end of March 2019 despite declining consumer spending which has affected retailers in the country. According to a report by Business Report, the retailer said in a recent trading…

Zimbabwe’s grain millers reduces wheat supply target by 40% on increasing drought

ZIMBABWE - The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has reviewed the National Wheat Contract Farming Committee (NWCFC) target by 40% down to 90 000 tonnes citing depleted water supply for irrigation of the produce. According to a report by the Herald, NWCFC original target was to mobilise inputs and machinery for the production of…

Agriculture research bodies partner to enhance food security in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Three key Agriculture based research institutes in Zimbabwe have agreed to join forces with an aim to explore opportunities in addressing food insecurity and tackling nutritional challenges facing the country. These include the Scientific and Industrial Research Development Centre (SIRDC), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Matopos Research Institute…

Zimbabwe Agriseeds partners CIMMYT in production of new drought tolerant cultivars

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Agriseeds, a local certified seed producer has partnered the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to facilitate production of drought tolerant varieties in the wake of persistent climate change. CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training institution with an aim of developing improved wheat and maize varieties to enhance food security…

Zimbabwe’s Delta Corporation gets ISO quality management certification

ZIMBABWE - Delta Beverage Corporation Limited, a leading beverage manufacturer in Zimbabwe, has received the ‘ISO 9001-2015 Quality Management System’ certification for its Delta Technical Institute training centre. ISO 9001-2015 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system within an organisation. Speaking while handing the certificate, Eve Gadzikwa, the Director General…

Zimbabwe’s cooking oil firms face input shortages amid forex quandary

ZIMBABWE - Cooking oil producers in Zimbabwe have said that they are struggling to access foreign currency from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and the interbank market need to import key raw materials for their operations. According to a Herald report, this follows the 2019 Monetary Policy where the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe indicated…

Zimbabwe’s Dairibord in talks to sell its Malawi diary business

ZIMBABWE - Dairibord Holdings Limited Zimbabwe (DHL), a leading food and dairy processor, said that it is in talks with potential investors for the sale of its equity in Dairibord Malawi (Private) Limited (DML). Dairibord, which controls a 60% majority stake at the formerly state owned dairy processor, expects to exit Malawi by June this…

Retail giant Pick n Pay opens 55th store in Zimbabwe in expansion drive

ZIMBABWE – International retail giant Pick n Pay has opened a new branch in Zimbabwe as it continues to pursue ambitions of growing its footprint in the country by launching more stores. Located in Victoria Falls, officials disclosed that the branch raises the tally of outlets operated by TM Pick n Pay to 55 countrywide,…