Winter Wheat Farming in Zimbabwe

picture of woman harvesting wheat

I happened to witness winter wheat harvesting a couple of days ago at (somewhere). These pictures may paint a good outlook of winter wheat farming in Zimbabwe. However, this sector is said to be facing a lot of challenges. Farmers have cited shortages of fuel and electricity for irrigation as their major challenges, while others say they don’t have working capital. This has led to some sections saying it is cheaper to import wheat rather than grow it in Zimbabwe. Hmm, so which is which? Combine Harvester Loading Wheat onto Tractor Trailer Tractor and Trailer Carrying Wheat

Mabhengoro aGogo

gogo's bangles

As we travelled along the rural dusty road towards the growth point, I would constantly look in my cracked rear view mirror of my battered old van. She had always sat stiffly at the back, facing the way we had come. Still engrossed in thought about the disaster that had happened the previous day to my dog, I was suddenly jerked into life by the knock at the back windscreen. I pulled my head out of the window and yelled in the dust. “Masvika here gogo?” “Ndasvika muzukuru, apo panemutamba muhombe uyo”, she yelled with a shaky voice, pointing to a huge mutamba tree a few metres up the road. I stopped the vehicle, came round at the back and opened the back van panel. “Waita muzukuru”, she said, dipping her frail hand into her bosom and pulling out a tied handkerchief. On her hand, she had some bangles. I wanted to ask her something about the bangles but I thought otherwise. It did not matter anyway. “Musabhadhara henyu gogo”, I said as I closed the back panel…

Sweet Potatoes by the Road Side

Bucket of Sweet Potatoes by the Roadside

Who can forget that morning tea (made thick with cow or goat milk) prepared in the muddy & thatched round kitchen as little children growing up? Urban life has almost made me forget. But honestly, how could I? This is only until I came across this…