In Zimbabwe, the variety of natural resources and environmental conditions has created an endless list of crop and animal production options for farmers, both in rural and urban areas. Legumes, cereals, tubers, and other groups of crops come in different variations in terms of growth rates and yields, while the animal kingdom offers a world of diversity as well.
Variety is not only important for satisfying customers’ different tastes and preferences, but it also helps to spread risk and guard against failure in the farming business. Specialization may seem like a good idea, but it can also be risky, as putting all of one’s eggs in one basket can lead to significant losses if something goes wrong.
Even small-scale backyard gardens can benefit from a variety of crops rather than just one. With a little bit of everything, gardeners can enjoy a wide range of fresh produce and guard against crop failures. In farming, as in life, variety is the spice of life and a key to success.
By Albert Makendenge