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TIPS FOR THE NEW FARMER

THE GUIDELINE FOR THE ZIMBABWEAN NEW FARMER

I have been visiting the newly resettled farmer and I have observed that they are facing challenges. These challenges they face are almost identical for all farmers. I have summarized and grouped these into the following five categories.
KNOW YOUR LAND AND YOUR CROP I have observed that the new farmer lack the knowledge of his land and the crop to grow on it. The farmer is growing the crop that he wants to grow, instead of growing the right crop for the soil and climate. The farmer should consult the local agricultural extension officer, their neighbours or even the previous farm workers on the history of the farmer. The new farmer do no need to reinvent the wheel when it come to the crop, soil and labor as these are available. Most of the successful farmers I have met have inherited workers from the previous white farmers. These farmers have inherited invaluable experience and skills.
RECORD KEEPING I am amazed most of the time I ask a far…