Grow Guide: How to Grow Peas in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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If you are looking for a vegetable to grow in the autumn/winter consider peas.

Why peas?

Peas (Pisum Sativum) are part of the legume family which includes beans, groundnuts and clover. They are a cool season annual vegetable grown in autumn/winter. They are nitrogen-fixing plants, which means that they provide the soil with nitrogen, an important nutrient. This makes them a good cover crop. They are relatively easy to grow and need limited space making them ideal for emerging farmers like you.

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Irrigation 101: Guide to Drip Irrigation in Zimbabwe

Friday, April 28, 2017

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Irrigation is important for farming. It helps ensure plant growth and improved crop yields.

Climate change is increasing the importance of irrigation for reliable access to water for crops. With erratic and changing weather patterns, like droughts and excessive rainfall, crops can wilt in the fields without access to irrigation. 

According to IWMIonly 5% of farmed land in sub-Saharan Africa uses irrigation. This low irrigation use reduces overall crop yields and quality. With one rainfall season (usually between November and March in Zimbabwe) farms are generally unproductive for most of the year.

Grow Guide: How to Grow Carrots Successfully in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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The carrot ((Daucus Carota) is an ideal vegetable for production whether you have a large farm, small farm or backyard garden.

Carrots do not take up a lot of space, are high yielding and fast growing.  They are also popular with consumers for their taste and versatility.

 They come in a variety of shapes from round, or finger-shaped, to conical, or elongated. They also come in a wide range of colours including the common orange, yellow, white and purple.


The carrot is cool-weather loving, root vegetable. A cool season vegetable is one that grows best when the air and soil temperatures are cool. It can endure warm weather but does better in cool weather. It is a member of the Apiaceae family which includes parsley, celery, coriander and dill.

The Beginner's Guide to Raising Pigs in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


A female farmer raising pigs in Zimbabwe

Oh pigs, the other white meat.

We get a lot of questions from new and aspiring farmers wanting to raise pigs. They mostly come from people who have watched Kundai's Zimbabwe Farmer Union (ZFU) profile video where she shares how she grew an existing indoor pig operation on our family's farm in Ruwa. The number one question we get asked is can and should I raise pigs.

Pests and Disease: How to Control Armyworms in Maize

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


There are widespread media reports that the armyworm is threatening this season's maize production in many maize growing regions of Zimbabwe. The government has disbursed insecticides to some areas to prevent widespread crop failure. The same pest has already caused a national crisis in Zambia. We have received requests from emerging farmers asking for information on how to handle the armyworms in their maize. Instead of responding individually we thought it would be helpful to share information broadly here to help reduce major crop losses from our country's most important food crop.

Let's begin.

What is the Fall Armyworm (FAW)?

The armyworm is a destructive crop pest. The moth hatches a caterpillar which feeds on cereals such as maize. The caterpillars are about 3-4 cm long and have a velvety black shiny head with an inverted V-shaped mark on the head and white stripes along their sides and the back. They are called armyworms because they march in large numbers from the grass onto crops and can destroy entire fields of cereal crops such as maize, sorghum, and millet.

The other English name for the armyworm is the black worm.The local language names for the armyworm are imhogoyi or mhundururu.

 
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