Soils in Zvishavane’s Mapanzure
area have proved to be viable for tobacco farming as one farmer from the area
has experienced a milestone achievement.

Having started off
tobacco farming in Mutare, the farmer has become a marvel in the area, making
local farmers develop an interest in the venture.

In an area most known for mining, Mr John Chikombero has carved himself a piece of history by venturing into tobacco farming.

“We took our soil samples
to the laboratory and we discovered they were suitable for tobacco farming. As
a new venture we have had challenges but overally we are impressed with the
first experimental project,” said Chikombero.

The two-hectare tobacco
varieties of KRK 26 and KRK 72 were grown on the diversified farm using natural
rainfall complemented by drip irrigation in view of the erratic climatic
conditions.

The farmer had to recycle
used drums to make flue pipes for his barns.

The market is a challenge
as the farmer has to transport his tobacco to Harare.

More land and electricity
connections will fulfill the farmer’s dream of becoming a fully-fledged tobacco
farmer.

Local school pupils are
benefitting as they come for practical lessons at the farm.

Mr Chikombero’s dream
will only be a reality if he is availed with more land to contribute to the
growth of the economy.



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