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Posted 01/12/2021 in Agricuture

Being a young farmer in ZImbabwe : Part 6

Being a young farmer in ZImbabwe : Part 6

This is a story of a young person who took to his backyard. Land access has been a major challenge for most people. However for Tapiwa Mesah(TM), this challenge has not been a stopping hurdle in ensuring he produces enough for his household. Try and take a look at how he has managed to navigate the space and made a difference. This is how the conversation went:

RK: Can you tell us about yourself? 

TM: Hello guys my name is Tapiwa Mesa. I’m a 25-year-old male who is very much enthusiastic about agriculture.

RK: Can you share your story?

TM: Growing up I didn’t like agriculture I always thought it was some old people’s thing. I even got a grade C at my O levels because I never imagined myself being so enthusiastic about it. My dad used to send me and my sister to the farm in Marondera every holiday and I used to hate it. He was a maize and tobacco farmer; my mother would be doing poultry mainly roadrunners. It is only recently that I’m learning in retrospect what agriculture is all about and now putting in the work at our residence garden and plans underway to do more at the farm. 

RK: How has been your experience?

TM: The experience hasn’t been pleasant to be honest. Some say when you have land you have everything, but it really takes a lot for the land to mean everything, from commitment, financial resources and knowledge. I’m still in the infancy of the struggle and its not easy. 

RK: Which region are you in?

TM: At our family residence we are in Harare and at the farm its Marondera all in Natural farming Region ll.  

RK: What challenges have you faced?

TM: Self-doubt at some point used to weigh me down, I used to think one needs to have a technical certification in a certain field to be good in that field. I then discovered that passion will get you anywhere. The challenge that’s still weighing on my expansion is the inadequacy of financial resources. 

RK: Has age been a hinderance? If so how?

TM: No. 

RK: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

TM: In 5 years’ time I see myself with an established Farm Operations in Marondera with an extended market beyond Marondera and a wide network in the farming business and of course partnering with organizations and other young people to ensure food security in the region.  

RK: If you were put in a room with the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture What would you tell him.

TM: I would tell him about the potential that young people have out there, the passion, the enthusiasm and ask him for a financial facility to support young people considering that not a lot of us have colleterial security.  

RK: What would you like to say to other young people out there?

TM: To other people out there; The first and important skill to starting anything is the belief that you can do it. That belief will be your fuel, your pillar and your strength. 

RK: Closing words.

TM: Seeing young people like Ryan making it this big is inspiring and sometimes really, it’s a driving force for us to want to do more so that we can work something out (…kuti ti worke something out.). 

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