Meet the Emerging Farmer: Ruramiso Mashumba

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ruramiso Mashumba is a farmer and founder of Chomwedzi Farm, located about 20 km from Marondera, Zimbabwe. Not only is she growing for export, she is also a young leader in the Zimbabwe Farmer Union, a leading farmer association. Emerging Farmer sat down with her, to talk about how she got started, staying present and her vision for the future. 

Devoted, motivated and strong-willed are three words that would describe, 29-year-old, Ruramiso Mashumba, a young lady who decided to go against the grain, and make a living farming.

With 117 hectares of gum trees, 10 hectares of maize, four hectares of soya and a plan to grow peas in the winter, her assertiveness is evident in the number of hectares she has under  production in Marondera. In the beginning, her authority was undermined because she was a woman.

Her studies in the UK made her especially realize the differences, but also the similarities between European and Zimbabwean farming. With this knowledge, Ruramiso is always keen on new approaches, ideas, and technologies.

Tobacco Farming Series 2: Understanding the global market

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tobacco remains the most important cash crop in Zimbabwe. Each year thousands of emerging farmers grow, dry, heat-cure and sell tobacco leaves under contract or on the tobacco floors  to buyers in Harare. 

Tobacco floors
Tobacco is the most regulated, and better-organized crops in the country.There are many lessons that other crop producers including the horticulture industry can learn from the tobacco industry. These include a coordinated marketing body, a contracting system and the collection of a levy for reforestation.

Tobacco Farming Series 1: Traceability

Monday, September 28, 2015

TRACEABILITY: The word every tobacco farmer in Zimbabwe needs to know

What is traceability you ask?

Traceability is the ability to trace animals, plants, food products or ingredients throughout the supply chain. In this case, I am going to discuss traceability of the golden leaf—tobacco. Every year this issue comes up for our small-scale farmers and other commercial farmers that sell to the tobacco auction floors. It is one of the major reasons that the farmers keep getting low prices for their crop.

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