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Beating the heat: Zvishavane farmers thrive with c...

Beating the heat: Zvishavane farmers thrive with climate-smart agriculture

Philemon Jambaya

While climate change throws curveballs across the globe – erratic rainfall, scorching temperatures, and relentless droughts – a community of farmers in Masimba, Zvishavane, is defying the odds. Their secret weapon? A winning combination of conservation agriculture and resilient horticulture production.

This isn't just a story of survival; it's a story of success. By embracing "smart agriculture" and irrigation techniques, Masimba farmers are not only weathering the climate storm but also reaping the rewards of their innovation.

The adoption of conservation agriculture, a technique that minimizes soil disruption and promotes water retention, is a clear sign of the government's push towards commercializing agriculture.

"Our region receives very little rainfall," says a local farmer. "So, we came together as a group and adopted smart agriculture and irrigation. It's paying off big time!"

Another farmer echoes this sentiment, brimming with confidence: "These resilient and smart methods are propelling us forward. The knowledge we gain from our development partners empowers us to reach even greater heights."

This win isn't a solo act. The government and development partners are key players, working tirelessly to support rural development and boost agricultural productivity.

"Our primary objective is to empower these farmers as business owners," explains Bigboy Murenga, chairperson of the Midlands Small to Medium Enterprises. "We facilitated the registration of their group as a company, enabling them to grow crops for commercial purposes. Our support will continue as we guide them on their path to success."

With climate change casting a long shadow, conservation agriculture is being prioritized. The ultimate goal? Improved yields and a significant boost in household incomes for these hardworking Zvishavane farmers. Their story is a beacon of hope, proving that innovation and collaboration can turn adversity into agricultural abundance

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