Planting Beans in Zimbabwe: Tips for Growing, Harvesting and Marketing Beans

Monday, October 17, 2016

Growing, Harvesting and Marketing Beans in Zimbabwe

As a farmer, you don't get a lot of shots at making a profit in a growing season. You have to be very thoughtful about what you choose to grow. It is after all your livelihood. Edible beans ( fabaceae) can help diversify your farm income and make your farm more sustainable. They can be interplanted with other crops such as maize, and also grown as cover crops. They are a wide variety of beans to choose from making it likely for you to find a type that is best suited for your farm.

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How to Grow Maize in Zimbabwe

Monday, October 3, 2016

Emerging Farmer: How to Grow Maize in Zimbabwe

Maize (Zea mays) is the most important crop in Zimbabwe for economic and food reasons. It's the main staple crop and the basis of most meals. While vegetables are important maize is king. Maize by-products are a key ingredient in animal feed such chicken and cattle feed.

However despite its importance maize yields are currently low and declining relative to other regions of the world primarily due to declining soils, low rainfall and poor agronomic practices.

If you are planning on growing maize and maximising your yields you will need to use good seed, plant on time, set up your watering and adopt good agronomic practices. 

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