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The Division Of Veterinary Field Services is the arm of the Department of livestock and Veterinary services under Ministry of Agriculture responsible for official surveillance and protection of animals against Epizootic diseases and pest. Epezootic diseases and pests are those which tend to spread quickly affecting more individuals and properties at once and therefore unlikely to be effectively
9 600 Farmers Receive Command Agric Inputs
More than 19 600 farmers have so far received adequate inputs from Government’s specialised import substitution maize (Command Agriculture), the Zanu-PF Politburo heard yesterday.
Most farmers have started planting while others are intensifying land preparations.
Speaking after the Zanu-PF Politburo meeting in Harare yesterday, the party’s secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo said the Command Agriculture programme had registered noteworthy progress.
“The Vice President and Second Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa reported that significant progress had been made in command agriculture,” he said.
“At least 163 865 hectares of both irrigable and dry land are now under contract with 75 percent already having been tilled. As for farmers, 19 608 have benefited so far under command agriculture and have been given adequate inputs.”
At least 163 865 hectares of both irrigable and dry land are now under contract with 75 percent already having been tilled. As for farmers, 19 608 have benefited so far under command agriculture and have been given adequate inputs.”
A survey of provinces by The Herald early this week showed that all the farmers who have planted have irrigation facilities, while dry land farmers were either collecting inputs or finalising land preparations.
Said Cde Chombo: “Under this programme, 2 658 agricultural extension workers and 91 000 farmers were trained with a total of 1 299 learning centres having been established.
“The Vice President appealed to members of the media to give message of hope, encouragement and inspiration to all farmers.”
According to statistics availed this week, in Mashonaland Central, farmers have so far planted 380 hectares of maize and part of the crop has germinated and is at three leaf stage.
In Matabeleland North 200 hectares of maize have been planted as officials in the province said farmers were relying on More Food for Africa Brazil tractors and some were having challenges as they had to pay upfront before they could use the tillage facilities.
In Midlands, farmers with irrigation facilities have started planting while in Manicaland planting of the irrigated crop started a fortnight ago.
Government has committed 400 000 hectares to be put under maize and expected to produce about two million tonnes for national food security.
The import substitution maize production programme targets both A1 and A2 farmers as well as Government institutional farms, particularly those near water bodies. Farmers will be provided with seed, herbicides and fertilisers among other inputs.
Command Agriculture is soon expected to include livestock production.
Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Technical Cooperation Programme
Capacity building of MAMID and farmers for the control of animal diseases to attain commercialization of an integrated smallholder livestock sector in Nkayi and Lupane Districts of Zimbabwe
Summary of the TCPZim project
Zimbabwe has enormous potential for sustained growth and poverty reduction given its generous endowment of natural resources and suitability for growing of a wide variety of crops and livestock. Traditionally the country was branded the bread-basket of Southern Africa producing sufficiently for domestic requirements and surplus for export within the region.
The Agricultural sector is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy and Zimbabwe has vast potential in livestock production especially in the smallholder farming sector. Livestock is an important subsector that contributes to the total agricultural output.
Major livestock species are cattle, goats, sheep and donkeys.Ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats) and monogastrics (pigs and poultry), in particular, make a significant contribution to the livelihood of farmers in the smallholder sector. The potential of livestock is an excellent avenue for launching the smallholder farmer into commercial livestock production thereby ensuring household food, nutrition and income security within the communities. This potential could be exploited for the benefit of the smallholder farmer, overall rural development and subsequently the country as a whole by addressing these identified basic problems, in particular disease control.
The DLVS identified the major cause of low productivity as high morbidity and mortality due to disease outbreaks specifically, FMD, Anthrax, Rabies, Newcastle (ND) and tick borne diseases (TBDs).
The Ministry then requested technical assistance from FAO to support animal disease control (FMD, Anthrax, Blackleg, TBDs). The assistance will be pilot tested in the two districts of Nkayi and Lupane, and if it succeeds then replicated to other parts of the country.
The TCP will address animal disease control in the two districts as a key input into the EU funded livestock programme “Increased household food, income and nutrition security through commercialization of an integrated and sustainable smallholder livestock sector in Zimbabwe” which seeks to protect the source of livelihood for the Nkayi and Lupane community, through reduction in livestock mortality and morbidity and training of field extension staff. It addresses the wider scope of livestock development in the two districts and policy and institutional reform at the national level. Increased production and productivity as well as improved livestock product quality results in a highly successful livestock commercialisation process with an effective integration of all players in the value chain. A successful livestock commercialisation results in better incomes and livelihoods for the communal livestock farmers.
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A local authority located in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.Manicaland Provincial Capital