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THE NEW FARMERS AND THE NEW THREATS

Over the past decade, farmers in the Middle Sabi Valley, in Chipinge, have been battling to have affordable water for irrigating their fields. The valley is home to one of the wheat growing regions in the Zimbabwe.  The new farmers in the Middle Sabi Valley have been caught between local politics, foreign agricultural interests with racial grudges against black farmers and uncoordinated government intervention. I have tried to highlight the main threats to progress and development in the Valley in this short article.
THE WATER AND ELECTRICITY COST  THREATI have met with individual farmers in who are worried about the situation they are in. They hope for a solution that would draw on both basic business sense and economics: The water supply in the valley depends on electricity which makes it very expensive. Farmers have observed that 300ml of Coke is cheaper than the 300ml 0f water from ZINWA, which follows that it would be cheaper to irrigate their fields with bottled mineral water!Far…

Of Cecil the lion, Sanctions and Guns #Blacklivesmatters

For the record Cecil the lion was a hunter and all those anti-hunting lobbies should ask the University of Oxford research team how many animals he killed before the good American dentist shot him. Me thinks the dentist shot one animal illegal and Cecil killed illegal a lot of animals in his lifetime (over 100 I guess). I am more worried of the risk the good dentist getting shot by some gun totting fellow USA citizen in his home country than one more lion being short in Hwange National Park. I am a Zimbabwean and more people have died and continue to die because of sanctions imposed by the same people who are crying over Cecil. We do not have WWF for the black people of Africa so those animal, anti-gun and anti-hunting lobbies should have us on their endangered lists.
Farewell Cecil the Lion, Welcome the foreign currency, Lift the Racist Sanctions, God bless the Good Dentist. #Blacklivesmatters
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