How to Grow Potatoes in Zimbabwe: From Planting to Harvest!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Potato Production in Zimbabwe

Potatoes, also known as Irish Potatoes, are a member of the Solanaceae family which includes tomatoes, peppers, tobacco and eggplants. 

In Zimbabwe, the crop is grown mostly for the fresh and processing markets. The potato is an expensive crop to grow, requiring high variable costs but it does offer high returns per dollar invested if done well. As a result, potato farming in Zimbabwe is practised primarily by large-scale commercial farmers with smallholder (emerging) farmers cultivating smaller hectarages. 

According to AGRITEX, it costs between US$6000 to US$8000 to produce a hectare of potatoes. Potato yields range from 15-40 tonnes per hectare, although national yields are well below 10 tonnes per hectare. There are a number of factors contributing to poor yields especially amongst small-scale farmers. Some of the reasons will be highlighted later, but first, we will focus on general potato agronomy.

Planning and preparation: Land preparation for vegetable production

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Once you have determined you can sell a crop it is time to prepare to plant it. (Our  FREE "How to Start a Farm" email course walks you through the steps of determining what to farm.)

Before you start planting you need to prepare your land. Prepare your land as soon as you have purchased your seed or while your seedlings are in the nursery.

Here is a step-by-step guide to getting ready to plant.

Step 1: 

Test Your Soil: before you prepare your soil (ploughing/digging) you need to know your soil pH and soil structure.

Your soil pH determines what plants you can grow and what nutrients are available in the soil. Most crops need a neutral pH of 6.5 -7. If your soil is too acidic you can amend it using lime or if it is too alkaline you can amend it by using sulphur. Follow the directions on the package or your soil test recommendations.

Your soil structure (e.g. sandy, loam or clay) helps you determine which implements to use on your tractor or plough.

Emerging Farmer Podcast 003: Six Ways to Save Water on Your Farm

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In this third episode of the Emerging Farmer podcast, we cover 6 ways to save water on your farm. 

Crop Planning: Spring/ Summer Vegetable Planting Guide

Monday, October 16, 2017


Getting started with horticultural production (fruit and vegetable production) allows you to diversify your production and to earn more money from your farm/land. 

Below are 23 vegetables you can grow during the warm season and in some instances year-round. 

Organic Agriculture: Getting Started with Organic Farming

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Around the world, organic farming and the demand for organic food is on the rise.  The market for organic products particularly in the export market has skyrocketed as more consumers around the world have become more health conscious and discerning about the quality of food they eat. This shift in diets coupled with a growing interest in urban farming and a focus on farming practices that help combat climate change has led to a growth in interest in organic agriculture.

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