Frequently Asked Questions
NEC Agriculture is an employment council that is responsible for labour administration in the agricultural sector. It is formed by the Labour Act [Chapter 28:01]. NEC Agriculture has multiple responsibilities which include:
i. Promoting good working relations between employers and employees.
ii. Assisting employer and employee representatives in the conclusion of collective bargaining agreements that regulate industrial relations and promote productivity in the agricultural sector.
iii. Preventing and resolving labour-related disputes between the employers or employers’ organisations on the one hand and the employees, workers committees or trade unions on the other.
iv. Taking expedient steps to ensure that the provisions of any collective bargaining agreement and any regulations pertaining to the agricultural industry are observed.
v. Advising on legislation and policies affecting the interests of employers and employees.
vi. Carrying out training workshops for both employers and employees on issues to do with labour regulations.
vii. Taking necessary measures to bring about the regulation or settlement of matters of mutual interest to employers and employees.
viii. Performing any other duties conferred on employment councils by the Labour Act [Chapter 28:01], as amended from time to time.
NEC Agriculture is composed of equal representation of employers’ organisations and trade unions. The employers organisations are Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU), Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU), Zimbabwe Agriculture Employers Organisation(ZAEO), Horticulture, Timber and Agro. The trade unions are General Agriculture and Plantation Workers Union (GAPWUZ), Horticulture, General and Plantation Workers Union (HGAPWUZ) and Kapenta Workers Union of Zimbabwe (KWUZ).
NEC Agriculture is not a trade union or an employers’ organisation. It is an employment council which protects the interests of both the employer and employee in the agricultural industry. It enforces labour laws and regulations applicable in the agricultural industry for smooth and harmonious industrial relations.
NEC Agriculture is neither a private company nor a government department. We are a statutory body created in terms of the Labour Act [Chapter 28:01]. We are regulated by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social welfare.
NEC Agriculture invites an equal number of employers’ and employees’ representatives to negotiate conditions of employment which govern the agriculture industry.
All employers and employees in the agricultural industry are required to be members of NEC Agriculture.
Only employees who are in Grade A1-C2 are members of NEC Agriculture.
The subsectors are General Agriculture, Sugarcane, Tea and Coffee, Kapenta, Horticulture, Timber and Agro.
We have offices in Harare, Bindura, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Chinhoyi, Marondera and Chiredzi. The contact details of our offices can be found on our Contact Us page.
NEC Agriculture has a fast and simple registration procedure. When you submit a declaration form for the first time, you are registered with us and you are given an account number. You will be told if further documents are required from you. • Click to download declaration form
NEC Agriculture dues are equal to 5% of each agricultural enterprise's total monthly basic wage bill. The dues are paid as follows: Each employer shall deduct 2.5% of each employee's monthly basic wage/salary and send the total deductions to NEC Agriculture. The employer shall, on its part, contribute an amount equal to 2.5% of the total monthly basic wage bill to NEC Agriculture.

• Click to download declaration form

You may deposit your payment into one of our bank accounts below:
1 Stanbic Bank Belgravia Branch 9140002333375
2 Barclays Bank Westgate Branch 21195001103

Or use the ecocash merchant below

Harare 0786 056 225 281821
Bulawayo 0786 056 225 281823
Marondera 0786 056 224 281825
Chinhoyi 0786 056 223 281827
Mutare 0786 056 222 281829
Chiredzi 0786 056 463 279948
The simplest way to get a confirmation of payment is to e-mail a copy of your completed declaration form, proof of payment and payroll to We will then reply with a confirmation of payment. Alternatively, you may visit any of our offices to get a confirmation of payment.
A declaration form contains details on your enterprise and on your employees. It must be submitted monthly together with NEC Agriculture dues and a copy of your payroll. You may access it in the Downloads section of our website by clicking here.
An employer should submit declaration forms and a copy of the payroll and pay NEC Agriculture dues by the 10th of every month. If you do not pay NEC Agriculture dues on time, interest at the rate of 10% per annum will be charged from the due date of payment until the date you pay all outstanding dues and interest charges. We strongly advise you to pay NEC Agriculture dues on time every month.
There are innumerable benefits to being a member of NEC Agriculture. Here are just a few of them:
i. NEC Agriculture resolves labour-related disputes between employers and employees.
ii. Minimum wages for the different sectors in the agricultural industry are negotiated and fixed at NEC Agriculture.
iii. NEC Agriculture provides training for workers committees.
iv. NEC Agriculture enforces labour laws and regulations binding the agricultural sector.
v. NEC Agriculture allows both employers and employees to participate in determining industrial conditions that apply in their workplaces.
The dues that you pay every month allow us to meet the operational costs of NEC Agriculture and to continue providing services of value to you.
Paying NEC Agriculture dues is mandatory for all employers and employees in the agricultural sector. ‘Failure to pay NEC Agriculture dues is a contravention of S.I. 95/2019 and is an unfair labour practice and a criminal offence in terms of section 82(3) of the Labour Act [Chapter 28:01].
We call on employees whose employers do not wish to pay NEC Agriculture dues to report the matter at our offices.
Employers must deduct NEC Agriculture dues from their employees’ basic wages as it is a legal requirement.
No, the contributions are for the purpose of meeting Council expenses according to S.I. 95/2019.
Minimum wages differ for each of the sectors (General Agriculture, Sugarcane, Tea and Coffee, Kapenta, Horticulture, Timber and Agro). In addition, in each sector, the minimum wage will depend on the grade of the employee. Have a look at our download section which has the minimum wages for the different sectors.