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Growing of Crops and Horticulture in Zimbabwe 2016

  • March 2016
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Horticulture and the Growing of Crops in Zimbabwe: This report focuses on the Zimbabwean horticultural sector and the growing of crops, particularly the staple crop, maize, and the main cash crops, sugar cane, tobacco and seed cotton. Although more than 60% of Zimbabwe’s population depends on agriculture for employment, the contribution of the agricultural sector to a dwindling GDP amounted to only 14% in 2014 and an estimated 12% in 2015. Statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture indicate that of the approximately 239,000 commercial farmers, there are only 300 large-scale farmers with farms averaging 2,200 hectares in size. Low crop production means that food for domestic consumption has to be met by imports, mainly from South Africa.


Key Issues: Government support is strong because of the high employment, rural income generation and food security the sector promises. However, high inputs costs, low prices for most commodities, the reliance on erratic rainfall, electricity shortages and the lack of finance for farmers are some of the problems confronting Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector. Currently the agricultural sector is being devastated by the drought, which was finally declared a national disaster in February 2016.



Report Coverage:

Horticulture and the Growing of Crops in Zimbabwe describes the local agricultural sector, the impact of the drought which has resulted in 26% of the population suffering from starvation, and factors influencing the success of the sector. The report profiles ten major players including sugar cane producer, Hippo Valley Estates Ltd, and sugar and ethanol producer Triangle Sugar Corporation Ltd which employs more than 11,800 people at its mill, refinery and ethanol plant. Also profiled are Seed Co Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, which produces 29,018 tons of seed per annum, and Cottco Holdings Ltd, which has five established cotton ginneries and 25 depo

Table Of Contents

Growing of Crops and Horticulture in Zimbabwe 2016
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 7
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 14
4.1. Local 14
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.2. Regulations 18
4.2. Continental 19
4.3. International 20
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
5.1. Economic Environment 21
5.2. Rising Input Costs 21
5.3. Lack of Credit 21
5.4. Government Support 22
5.5. Foreign and Private Sector Aid 23
5.6. Environmental Concerns 24
5.7. Labour Resources 24
5.8. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 25
6. COMPETITION 26
6.1. Barriers to Entry 26
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 27
8. OUTLOOK 28
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 28
10. REFERENCES 29
10.1. Publications 29
10.2. Websites 30
COMPANY PROFILES 32
Ariston Holdings Ltd 32
British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Holdings Ltd 36
Cottco Holdings Ltd 40
Eastern Highlands Plantations Ltd 44
Hippo Valley Estates Ltd 45
Parrogate Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd 48
Quton Seed Company (Pvt) Ltd 50
Rift Valley Corporation Ltd 52
Seed Co Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd 56
Triangle Sugar Corporation Ltd 58
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