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Agri-business expo on cards

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The Zimbabwe Farmers Union is set to host the first Zimbabwe Agri-business expo next month at the Harare International Conference Centre.

The expo is set for September 7-9. Agri-business expo coordinator Retlaw Matatu Matorwa said the expo was designed to provide an interaction platform among stakeholders in the agricultural sector, keeping the market abreast of developments and the latest technology on the market and to interface with farmers and other strategic partners in the agricultural sector.

“The expo is being held at the same time with the Zimbabwe Farmers Union Congress which is targeted to attract 800 farmers from the eight provinces in Zimbabwe, donor community, nongovernmental organisations and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector,” Matorwa said.

In the Mid-Term Fiscal Policy review, Finance minister Tendai Biti said the agricultural sector was expected to grow 19,3% this year due to better preparedness through support from the government and cooperating partners, timely availability of inputs through the open market.

“A normal rainfall season also contributed to this performance although asymmetrical rainfall pattern which depicted a prolonged dry spell in the second half reduced yields particularly for maize and cotton,” he said.

Maize output increased by 9%, tobacco by 44%, finger millet 34%, soya beans 20%, from the 2009/2010 to 2010/2011 season.

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