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Biotechnology at SIRDC Supporting National Food Security

Introduction The Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI) at SIRDC has a specific mandate to unpack, transfer and promote the adoption of biotechnology in agriculture and industry. BRI conducts research into plant and animal genetics with a view to producing crop varieties and animal species that are adaptable to the Zimbabwean environment. BRI is also a key…
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Safety First – Tips for Food Safety in Fruit and Vegetable Production

One of the most exciting things about being a dweller of an African city is the delicious seasonal fruit such as mazhanje and sweet yellow mangoes you find weighing down their sellers“†vehicles when the fruits are in season. Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally good for our health. They contain compounds such as vitamin C…
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SIRDC hosts KAFACI Planning Meeting for Food Crop Research and Development

A Network for Food Crop Research and Development, under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) was formed, at a planning Meeting for Food Crop Programme held in Harare from the 25th to the 27th of February 2014. The meeting which was opened by the Chief Executive Officer of the Scientific and Industrial Research…
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Mechanizing the Threshing of Soyabeans

This paper presents the work on developing a threshing machine through the process of reverse engineering. The main thrust was on improving productivity through the development of technologies that lessen the burden on small holder farms and reduce postharvest losses. The research work involved evaluating the performance of the Korean Buheung thresher, adapting it to…
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