What is Corona Virus ( COVID -19) and How to Protect Yourself.

Our goal with this is post which is the first of many, is to breakdown the information we know about Corona virus and using many different platforms to educate you on ways to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. We will also share tips about things you can do and how to care for yourself or loved ones if you happen to get sick. So what is corona viruses? The simple answer it that the corona viruses( there Read More …

Planting 101

The advantages of picking the right planting times ▪Picking the right planting tome is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to crop farming because it is the time when the seed or seedlings are placed in the ground to establish the crop. If there is poor establishment, yield potential is immediately limited.  Factors to consider are: 1. The time of planting ▪The time of planting has a major effect on the yield of a Read More …

Problematic Nursery Diseases

Damping off➡ “Is a soil-borne fungal disease that affects seeds and new seedlings, damping off usually refers to the rotting of stem and root tissues at and below the soil surface. In most cases, infected plants will germinate and come up fine, but within a few days they become water-soaked and mushy, fall over at the base and die” (Planet Natural Research Center, 2018). In order to get rid of these, it’s important to treat the nursery bed either by soil solarization, formalin solution or Read More …

Utilizing Cultural Practices to improve your Tomato yield.

by. W. Nyamufukudza Cultural Practices have been used for many years to improve productivity. Below we look at how we can use some of these practices to improve tomato quality and quantity. 1. Mulching: Mulching is the practice of using a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, inhibit weed growth. It is done where temperatures are normally high. It prevents excess evaporation. It is not encouraged in humid areas because it encourages disease occurrence. Mulching can assist in the Read More …

Should Broilers & Layers raised together?

By W. Nyamupfukudza The short answer to the question about raising broilers and layers together is a big fat no. The reason being broilers are chickens that are raised to be slaughtered and eaten, while layers are raised to produce eggs.The challenge with raising broilers and layers together is that their needs are different. A broiler’s purpose  is to grow big fast. Your aim is to get a meat bird to slaughter weight in 33 – 35 days. It doesn’t happen Read More …

How to get started on making your own vermicompost

What is Vermicompost. When worms ingest biodegradable materials, they give off fertilizer known as vermicast. The vermicast is one of the richest kind of organic fertilizer. It is one of the highest quality fertilizer. Most experienced farmerws will attest to the fact that, any and all plants or seeds that they sow survive as long as there’s worm castings or vermicompost (vermicast). Today’s #VaMudhumeni  mantra: “Use vermicompost, to grow anything!” This is pure worm castings or vermicompost (vermicast). It is Read More …

Plant Incompatibility – What Plants Should Not Be Planted Together by W. Nyamufukudza

Companion planting has gained great momentum amongst novice and experienced farmers alike; especially with those who aim to grow maximum food in minimum space. Some plants like marigolds and a few other aromatic herbs are grown exclusively for the protective effect they seem to have against many garden pests, but not all vegetables appreciate their presence. When space is premium, you should choose your bedfellows carefully, so it helps to know not only the ideal companions of each plant but Read More …

Growing Tomato’s During Winter, Without a Greenhouse

Use of bottles filled with water. These  can be used to protect tomato plants even in the cold winter weather. It is one method which is inexpensive and effective.Fill 750ml one (1) litre or two (2) litre bottles with water up to ¾ full. Place the bottles upright on the ground every third plant along the row when the plants are still young. Always make sure the bottle neck is 10 cm above the plant top. Raise the bottle as Read More …

THE FALL ARMY WORM BATTLE by Kudzai Mafuwe

Now that we are fast approaching the next maize farming season in Zimbabwe, I know many farmers will be, seeking for solutions to this problem as they did before. Farmers would be encouraged to start right from regular pest scouting before the outbreaks occur. This is because the fall army worm (FAW) can be most effectively controlled while the larvae are small, therefore early detection of this pest and proper timing of an insecticide application are most critical. Read More …

How Agri-biotechnology can revolutionize the Agriculture sector- My Cornell Experience by Kudzai Mafuwe

A few days ago, I shared a story about my experience at Cornell University on our facebook page at(https://www.facebook.com/notes/vamudhumeni/bridging-the-gap-between-scientists-and-farmers-my-cornell-experience/1212332158922638). Where I shared how my Cornell experience has been over the last 10 and half week. One of the key skills that I have learnt is the importance of communicating science and simplifying the scientific jargon to break down the communication barriers between the scientists and the farmers. In the spirit of being a better communicator allow me to share a Read More …