By Taruvinga Magwiroto If you are a netizen (as I am), and interested in rural and international development and innovation, and you are of a Zimbabwean persuasion, chances are that you have heard of the word “Pfumvudza”. To the uninitiated, “Pfumvudza” is a Zimbabwe-specific, highly branded variant of conservation agriculture that has been promoted with variable vigour in many parts of the world since the … Continue reading “Pfumvudza”: Policy, Politics and Production wars.
Taruvinga Magwiroto Land has always held a mystic value to the African. In Zimbabwe in particular, the land has always been the epitome of “nyika yedu”-our nation. But for some time after 1980, agriculture has been losing its lustre, to the extend that whole generations of “born-frees” sneered on the land as the plaything of losers. But, I seem to feel the winds of change … Continue reading This my land: Youth reawakening and agricultural regeneration in Zimbabwe.
Many cattle owners in Zimbabwe have taken a fancy to dehorning. So what are the issues? First, dehorning is best done early on in an animal’s life. If done later on in life, better to do the operation in the cold months to avoid complications with wound management. Even then, it is best to just remove the sharp tips rather than try to remove the … Continue reading Dehorning animals: Issues
Taruvinga Magwiroto To those who have been following the evolution of this blog, you will know that I started it when I was based at the University of Reading in the UK. Well, time moveth. I duly graduated with my MSc. Communication for Development. Congratulations yea yea! The UK experience was something else altogether. I’ll certainly write more about it. But first things first. I’m … Continue reading Welcome home to Africa: Covid, me and Zimbabwe.
We are in the depth of the dry season in Zimbabwe. What should farmers be on the lookout for? To find out more, listen to this audio clip. Continue reading Dry Season Preparedness
Taruvinga Magwiroto After a less-than-average 2019-2020 rain season, the water holes are drying up fast. The grass is similarly drying up fast, so there is less food for animals. Shortage of water is particularly problematic for animals. They will need to walk long distances to get water, burning up precious energy reserves. As water levels recede, the water becomes more concentrated with solutes, including micro-organisms. … Continue reading Harbinger of drought?