Women urged to take ad­van­tage of bi­lat­eral trade

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Business/farming News - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

BUSI­NESS women have been urged to take ad­van­tage of sev­eral bi­lat­eral trade agree­ments that Zim­babwe has with other coun­tries to in­crease their mar­kets through ex­ports.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of an ex­port aware­ness sem­i­nar in Bu­l­awayo re­cently which was fa­cil­i­tated by ZimTrade, Women’s Al­liance of Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tions in Zim­babwe vice chair­per­son Mrs Ju­dith Mizha said lo­cal women needed to ex­pose their prod­ucts to other coun­tries.

“As Wabaz we are work­ing with de­vel­op­ment part­ners to help women with ad­e­quate knowl­edge to help them up­grade their busi­nesses. In this sem­i­nar we are work­ing with ZimTrade to fa­cil­i­tate ex­ports for women in other coun­tries to have the ex­po­sure to the out­side mar­ket.

“As you know, we have trade agree­ments that also al­low women to sell their prod­ucts to coun­tries like Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia and ev­ery­where around the world. They must just take ad­van­tage of those trade agree­ments in or­der for them to pen­e­trate the for­eign mar­kets,” she said.

Wabaz which is a coali­tion of women in busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions in Zim­babwe was formed by nine women in Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tions in Au­gust 2011 un­der the aus­pices of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce (ZNCC).

The num­ber of women busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions has grown to 27, rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mately 16 000 in­di­vid­ual in­for­mal and for­mal women en­trepreneurs.

Last month, Tur­key and Zim­babwe signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing aimed at deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tions for mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Mrs Mizha added that women must work to­gether and share ideas for their busi­nesses to be vi­able. She said the main ob­jec­tive of the sem­i­nar was to con­sci­en­tise women in busi­ness to ven­ture into ex­ports mar­ket vig­or­ously since ZimTrade was the coun­try’s na­tional ex­port pro­mo­tion and trade de­vel­op­ment agency. THE dry sea­son comes not only with a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in range­lands but min­eral de­fi­cien­cies also be­gin to take ef­fect on an­i­mals on a poor plane of nutri­tion.

It is dur­ing this time that an­i­mals with min­eral de­fi­cien­cies are ob­served go­ing for a va­ri­ety of strange ob­jects which or­di­nar­ily do not con­sti­tute the diet of an an­i­mal.

These are items such as plas­tics, pieces of fab­ric and bones. It is im­por­tant for farm­ers to note that the cravings for such ob­jects is ac­tu­ally an in­di­ca­tion of min­eral de­fi­ciency and it is eas­ily cor­rected by giv­ing your an­i­mals min­eral sup­ple­ments.

These are avail­able as blocks which your an­i­mals will lick and the crav­ing for un­usual ob­jects will dis­ap­pear.

These min­eral blocks can also be used as a range­land man­age­ment tool es­pe­cially in en­cour­ag­ing our an­i­mals to con­sume even those grass species which they do not like.

You sim­ply place the blocks in such ar­eas

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