Horticulture exploits in debut season for Zvimba farmer

By Regis Mhako

A Zvimba-based farmer has in his first year of production proved his mettle after committing seven hectares under thriving horticulture crops.

The farmer, who chairs one of the commissions in the country, is in his debut season in   horticulture production and started off with 85 thousand onion plants and 34 thousand cabbages which have all done well.

The experimental season however saw him failing in tomato production with farm managers saying it’s a learning curve.

Horticulture section manager Tapera Mupandaguta said: “The farm has been on lease until its owner took over this season and it’s our first time focussing on horticulture in which we have committed seven hectares for the project. We did very well in onions and cabbages but failed in tomato production. We were ill-advised by the supplier of the seed in terms of production practices.”

“We are diversifying crop production because we really want to understand the kind of crops we are good at,” said Mutayi Farm manager Gideon Makhosi.

The farmer has already established a drying unit for the onions to preserve them in case of a depressed market.

“Because our onion plants are too many, we have established a drying unit where we can keep them even for six months until the market prices firm,” Mutayi Farm supervisor Tinashe Ndofirepi said.

Horticulture is a lucrative farming business which does not require large tracts of land for a farmer to reap huge.