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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 153: IX African Symposium on Horticultural Crops

HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTION IN ZIMBABWE

Author:   B. Parsons
Abstract:
The production of horticultural crops in Zimbabwe depends largely upon the availability of water for irrigation as rainfall occurs mainly during the summer months and tends to be uneven in distribution and variable in amount. Deciduous fruit is grown principally in the Eastern Highlands and the northern area of the country. Citrus is grown commercially in the south and south-east, also on two estates in other parts of the country. Other types of tropical and sub-tropical fruit are grown on a smaller scale in many areas. Grapes and tree-nuts are grown mainly in the eastern areas, also in the mid-lands lands and south-west. Coffee and tea are also produced. Vegetables are grown, in season, in most parts of the country. Growers are either commercial or communal farmers and co-operative irrigation schemes are being encouraged. The country is self-sufficient in the supply of fruit and vegetables, some also being exported. However, some seed has to be imported. Horticultural research is carried out at three research stations and horticultural extension specialists are stationed at four centres.
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