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Zimbabwe Products

In this section you will find comprehensive information about products and services offered by Zimbabwean companies.

Arts & Crafts

Zimbabwe is a young nation, but an old country - with respect to art and craft that has survived for more than 12 000 years. It was once the domain of the San people (or Bushman) who were extremely skilled in bushcraft and animated paintings. There are over 15 000 sites - cave walls, shelters and overhangs of boulders that show rock paintings, so old that the societies that created them do not exist any more, but a wealth of art has been left showing evidence that many crafts existed. Bags, blankets, headdresses, knee tassels, combs, aprons, fertility emblems, pipes, musical instruments and fine brushes can all be identified in the paintings by these spiritually-rich and artistically-talented people.

Great Zimbabwe - a World Heritage site - is the soul of the nation. This historical heritage of an empire after which Zimbabwe is appropriately named, shows some of the earliest indications of skill in the intricate cutting and carving of stone. The city's beauty can be glimpsed in the lasting stonework patterns - chevron, dogs tooth, herringbone motifs, and the eight beautiful jewels of the famed 'Zimbabwe Bird'. This great soapstone carving symbolizes

Horticulture

Export growth in the horticultural industry in Zimbabwe has been impressive, earning the country a favourable and high profile image internationally. The trend seems to be to upgrade existing facilities, increase output and move into higher value crops.
Although horticulture is a very broad term, in Zimbabwe it is confined to the following crops that are commercially grown for export:

  • Cut flowers: roses, asters, chrysanthemums, carnations, ammimajus, delphinium, euphorbia, Litrisstatice and niche products such as chelone lysimachia

  • Temperate fruit: apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, nectarine and grape

  • Tropical fruits like citrus, kiwi, leeches, mango, banana, passion fruit and pineapple

  • Out of season fruit and vegetables: asparagus, baby carrots, baby corn, butternut, chilli, gem squash, fine beans, cherry tomato

The horticultural industry is the fastest growing agricultural sub sector in Zimbabwe earning the country foreign currency and generating numerous jobs, in addition to a substantial increase in the down stream benefits accruing to the input and other service providers. Prospects for continued growth are very encouraging as more farmers diversify into horticulture and more small scale out growers are brought into the industry.

Advantages of Zimbabwean Horticulture

  • Different climatic conditions allow for the cultivation of a wide range of crops over a long period.

  • A high level of farm management guarantees flexible crop rotations and has shown great awareness of market demands.

  • Large farms, which are able to produce both horticultural and other crops, in general ensure great viability.

  • Farmers have formed effective production and marketing groups to maintain quality control.

  • All necessary inputs can be purchased locally.

  • A large efficient and skilled labour force is available.

  • Airfreight space to Europe is available on a regular basis, thus ensuring reliability and continuity of supply.

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