How to Grow Soyabeans in Zimbabwe

Sunday, September 23, 2018


Have you been weighing your crop options for this summer growing season and considering growing soyabeans under the government's Command Agriculture programme, a contract farming arrangement or for your own animal feed?

If you have but are still unsure about how to grow soyabeans well to get a good return on your investment we hope we can show you how in this growing guide.

Meet the Emerging Farmer: Ishmael Rupanga

Monday, September 3, 2018

Ishmael Rupanga is a Zimbabwean dairy farm manager based in Victoria, Australia. He got started in farming by helping out on his grandfather's cattle ranch in Sanyati and then studied for a Diploma in Agriculture at Rio Tinto Agricultural College after high school. He has a degree in Agricultural Management from the Zimbabwe Open University. He has also taken courses in Dairy Husbandry and Production (New Zealand) and Rural Business Management (Australia).

Since leaving Zimbabwe in 2004, he has worked in New Zealand, U.K, Canada, Mauritius and Australia. He currently manages the farm operations of a dairy herd of 400 dairy cattle in Australia. He is also a partner in Greenside Ranch in Darwendale, Zimbabwe.

How to Grow Spinach (Swiss Chard) in Zimbabwe

Friday, July 20, 2018

How to Grow Spinach in Zimbabwe

Swiss chard (Spinacia oleracea) was largely grown in Europe and extensively in Switzerland (hence the name Swiss chard). In the southern African region, it is commonly but incorrectly known as spinach. It is part of the beet family of vegetables and is essentially a beetroot without the bottom. The leaves of Swiss chard are very rich in Vitamin A, C, K, manganese and magnesium. The magnesium helps lower high blood pressure.

 So why consider growing it? It is not as popular as rape (leafy green vegetables) but has high yields and is easy to grow. 

Tree Improvement Workshop: Budding and Grafting

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 (9:30am - 13:00pm)
Musarurwa Farm, Ruwa
Cost: FREE

Join us for a Tree Improvement Workshop focused on budding and grafting trees. The workshop will be hosted at Musarurwa Farm in Ruwa just after Epworth.

During this workshop, the organisers from Zim Tree Growers Trust will be demonstrating the budding and grafting process.

How to Grow Great Rape (Leafy Green Vegetables) in Zimbabwe

Monday, July 9, 2018

Rape (Brassica napus) is the most widely eaten vegetable in Zimbabwe. Rape (Brassica napus) is a versatile leafy vegetable that can be used in a variety of recipes. The most common way it is prepared is by slicing it thinly then cooking them in oil with some tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Rape and kale are then enjoyed as a side dish with the staple sadza and meat.

What makes this a must-have vegetable in your garden or farm is that it can be grown all year round (though it is better suited to the cool season), and it is a steady, high-yielding vegetable that can guarantee you a constant supply of income. It is also suitable for urban farmers because it requires limited space.

If you are ready to grow these luscious green leafy vegetables then follow the guide below.

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