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GEYTTA BUNYA A DEDICATED BACKYARD FARMER


GEYTTA BUNYA A DEDICATED BACKYARD FARMER

'IT'S NOT ABOUT HOW BIG  THE LAND YOU OWN IS,  IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW FAR  YOU ARE WILLING TO GO TO SUCCEED AS A FARMER.'

GEYTTA BUNYA A DEDICATED BACKYARD FARMER

Geytta Bunya does her projects in her backyard. She was fortunate that their stand is at the end of their location, and behind her yard there are Zesa lines,  meaning that her back yard is big.  Before she had thought of making use of the land, she would pay casual labor to clear tall grass, especially during the rainy season minimizing the chances of accommodating snakes and possibly thieves.

Geytaa Bunya in her farm holding onions

One rainy season Geytta stressed over the fact that her backyard is too bushy again and, she now has to look for casual workers to pay as usual. That's when the thought came to her, “why do I have to do this every season instead of doing it once and start a backyard farm ?’


The next day she went to work and applied for a three months leave so she could start her journey as a backyard farmer. Luckily her bosses did not take time to approve her leave. Her vision was to a small scale farming business. All she needed to do was grow some vegetables, get fresh vegetables for family consumption, sell surplus, generate some income while keeping her back yard clean.

Geytaa Bunya a Farmhut farmer working on her Cabbages

She fenced the place, hired a tractor to clear the land, installed drip lines, then visited their nursery for seedlings, bought 200 cabbages, 200 tomatoes, and 200 green pepper. 


She did not just start farming blindly Geytta knew she needed help from a professional. She requested guys from the nursery to assist her with knowledge as to how it is done. They demonstrated for her and jotted down some notes that she made sure to read and be aware of what needed to know before she started her project.

Geytaa Bunya a backyard farmer in Zimbabwe

Since she was still new in the industry, it was not easy for her but she did not give up either.  She went and planted her crops; it took about four days. 


“It was hard work for me as a first-timer and at home, everyone was just laughing at the ambition,” said Geytta.

 She said she was lucky because all her projects were successful. That gave her confidence and hired two more employees. They grew different horticulture products (carrots, cabbages, rape, and covo)  tried to make their project a mini-one-stop shop. Currently, they are farming lettuce, tomatoes, cabbages, covo, tsunga, rape, spinach, carrots, onions, potatoes, beetroot, garlic, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and okra.


After six to seven successful projects Geytta felt she needed to expand and do more. That's when they decided to rent a bigger piece of land in Chegutu. She was offered 22 hectares and, she has prepared 2 hectares, and they have only managed to plant 95% of the first hectares only. They have planted 9000 tomatoes, 9000 cabbages, 500 butternuts, 400 cucumbers, 400 watermelons.

One of Zimbabwe's Backyard Farmers

"We have also added some more 6000 tomato plants. We have just put down 6000 butternuts seeds. We intend to cover the remaining part in the first hectare with tomatoes. We intend to fit drip pipes on the other hectares as soon as we raise the money for pipes. We intend to expand our horticulture project to 5 hectares and the other remaining will be for seasonal maize production,” said Geytta.


Mrs. Bunya has named her company NB Greens borrowed from their first egg and broiler project used the name NB Chickens.


Geytta concluded her story by saying that she would advise those who want to start farming to start small, have a passion for growing food, and be hands-on. She also said that an assistant is always needed but learn to hire those you can trust, and they should be willing to work for a reasonable wage. 


Written by 


Benhilda Tinotenda Mashanda



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