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Dear Young Farmer and the farmer to beRef: Rainfall, African bealief versus current generation thinkingFACTS ⬅️The imper...

Dear Young Farmer and the farmer to be

Ref: Rainfall, African bealief versus current generation thinking


⬅️The imperative to climate change in the African continent is a matter of
Livelihood and survival.

To secure and maintain livelihoods, historical evidence
indicates that, native African communities had rich indigenous knowledge and science
of responding to instances of climate change.

Our Facebook post interrogates extant data on the ethnoscience of rainmaking rituals, as a prototype of African indigenous knowledge on climate change, to show not only its prevalence across the African anthropological space, but also indicate its effectual outcomes in responding to manifestations of climate
change. To fully tap into the potentials and strengths of this knowledge and science, the post tenders for its marriage with modern climatological science, for both to partner in
providing solutions to the ever-recurring problem of climate change in contemporary
Africa ,our youth should have knowledge on this .

✔️Who leads the rain making ceremony?

🔘Spirit mediums known as manyusa or mhondoro in Shona lead the ceremony alongside elderly women who would have long stopped sexual activity.Sep 27, 2015

✔️What is Mukwerera?

🔘Mukwerera is a community-based rainfall ceremony held regularly each year. The local chief in consultation with the local mhondoro(spirit mediums) co-ordinates the ceremony.

Traditional beer must be brewed for the ceremony. ... The traditional beer is brewed by elderly women who have reached menopause.Aug

✔️Known African prophets before colonialism and Christianity

🔘Names of such prophets as Murenga, Ngungunyana, Mzilikazi,Mapondera, Chaminuka and Mukwati were invoked during such rainmaking ceremonies for their intersession to the Almighty God on our behalf.

✔️ What's our challenge ?

🔘scientists today would dismiss that as purely coincidental or delusional, whilst the Christian community are quick to point to such traditional rain-making ceremonies as not only ungodly, but Satan’s stratagem to draw away the faithful from the body of Christ.

You as the current generation , do you bealive in the power in our culture in the rain making , are you ready for a short training on African Culture and Rain making Ceremonies ?

If so then ,show by typing I am ready below

Did you ever dreamt of vermicompost making?Follow the river and you will find the sea⬅️ How to Make VermicompostStep 1: ...

Did you ever dreamt of vermicompost making?

Follow the river and you will find the sea

⬅️ How to Make Vermicompost

Step 1: Assemble Composting Bins. To make a worm bin you need two plastic bins. ...
Step 2: Add Spacers to Bottom. The first bin I don't actually do anything to, except put some kind of spacers at the bottom. ...
Step 3: Make Lid. ...
Step 4: Get Some Starter Material. ...
Step 5: Add Worms. ...
Step 6: Keep Feeding Em. ...
Step 7: Use Your Compost.

⬅️What is the use of vermicompost?

Vermicompost contains water-soluble nutrients and is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is used in farming and small scale sustainable, organic farming. Vermicomposting can also be applied for treatment of sewage.

⬅️The vermicomposting process takes three to six months. Two to four times annually. This depends a lot on how much you feed your worms and how many worms you have.

⬅️Red worms typically live between two and five years [source:]. Gray worms, which spend their entire lives beneath the soil surface, tend to live between 1.25 and 2.6 years on average [source: Muratake].

⬅️How do I know if my worms are happy?

A healthy worm bin should smell like soil, a pleasant smell to many. So be sure to check the balance of your bin as discussed briefly above. If you are not sure if your bin is getting enough airflow, stir it up and mix in some additional newspaper bedding. Check to see that your air holes are not clogged.

As Government is implementing Pfumvudza concept , environmentally friendly fertiliser is required required .

Are you ready to be trained on verticompost?Indicate where you are

Dear Young FarmerREF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PEANUT BUTTER1️⃣Is eating peanut butter good for you?It is rich in several...

Dear Young Farmer


1️⃣Is eating peanut butter good for you?

It is rich in several *nutrients, including protein and magnesium, which may help protect the heart and manage blood sugar and body weight.

2️⃣ Is it OK to eat peanut butter everyday?

Peanut butter does contain a toxin that can have a harmful effect on the body, so it's best consumed in moderation as part of a varied diet. Small amounts of peanut butter occasionally is unlikely to cause any harm, but it shouldn't be an everyday food

3️⃣ Does peanut butter increase breast size?

According to research, peanut butter does make your boobs grow bigger. ... However, there is a bounteous number of women in the world, who spend an extremely large amount of time seeking ways to enhance the size of their breasts* According to research, peanut butter does make your boobs grow bigger.May 9, 2018

4️⃣ Why peanut butter is good for you?

Peanut butter is a relatively low-carbohydrate food that contains good amounts of fats and protein, as well as some fiber. ... Peanut butter is a good source of magnesium, which is an essential nutrient for people with diabetes. Continuous periods of high blood sugar may reduce magnesium levels in the body.Nov 23, 2018

5️⃣How is peanut butter packaged?

After the peanuts are roasted and cooled, they undergo blanching—removal of the skins by heat or water. ... Next, the blanched peanuts are pulverized and ground with salt, dextrose, and hydrogenated oil stabilizer in a grinding machine. After cooling, the peanut butter is ready to be packaged

6️⃣Is groundnuts production difficult?

Not at all, you can engage your nearest extension personnel and get more information on how you can be a groundnut farmer .

As a young farmer start the project with at least 10 kg seed

Where do you want peanut butter most?

(a) Bread 🍞
(b) fresh vegetables (relish)
(c) dried vegetables (relish)
(d) fresh meat
(e) dried meat
(f) dried fish
(g) termites
(h) mouse 🐁
(I) Tea


FACTS ON BEES & APICULTURE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS⬅️All worker bees are female.⬅️A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about...


⬅️All worker bees are female.

⬅️A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime.

⬅️To produce a kilogram of honey, bees fly the equivalent of three times around the world in air miles.

⬅️The type of flower the bees take their nectar from determines the honey's flavour.


1️⃣ Do bees fart?
A Honey bees eat pollen, which is passed in to their honey-stomachs and mid guts for digestion. ... Since the honey bee is a multicellular being (and not a vacuum chamber), pockets of air can and do establish themselves in the fecal matter. When excreted, these would manifest as farts.

2️⃣Why are bees so special?

A Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning. The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination, especially by bees: from almonds and vanilla and apples to squashes.

3️⃣Do bees like music?
A Absolutely, they love music. Of course they love music. So now your bees will be able to do the waggle' and 'round' dances to music

4️⃣ Do bees sleep?

*A* Busy bees have to sleep, too. Similar to our circadian rhythm, honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day. And, in the case of forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, with more rest at night when darkness prevents their excursions for pollen and nectar.

5️⃣ *What is called apiculture?*

*A* Apiculture is the management and study of honeybees,derived from the honeybee's Latin name *Apis mellifera*, meaning 'honey gatherer'.. The cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey is called *apiculture*.

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Facts on Watermelon⬅️Water melon were discovered about 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphic...

Facts on Watermelon

⬅️Water melon were discovered about 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings.

⬅️ Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

⬅️ Watermelon. This popular summer fruit is low in calories, but also high in potentially libido-boosting phytonutrients. In 2008, Texas A&M research suggested that the lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene found in watermelon may help relax blood vessels, and provide a natural enhancement for revving up your sex drive.

⬅️ It is recommended not to consume watermelons at night right before going to bed because 🍉 watermelon is slightly acidic and if consumed at night, it may delay the process of digestion when the body is inactive.

⬅️No to consuming milk after eating 🍉 watermelon because watermelon and milk are of 'viruddh' or opposite nature.

⬅️ Watermelon is slightly citrusy in nature, while milk is said to be of 'madhur' nature - which is sweet or mild. Hence, teaming them could lead to digestive issues and toxic build up, which could further lead to vomiting or lose motions

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FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ON DONKEYS ⬅️Donkeys are much more of an all terrain animal than horses. Donkeys are in fact a ...


⬅️Donkeys are much more of an all terrain animal than horses. Donkeys are in fact a highly intelligent animal despite popular misconception.

⬅️A donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.

⬅️ Donkeys have an incredible memory – they can recognise areas and other donkeys they were with up to 25 years ago.

⬅️Male donkeys are called jacks. Female donkeys are called jennies or jennets.

⬅️Female donkeys have one of the longest gestation periods in the entire animal kingdom. They're pregnant for anywhere between 10 – 14 months!

⬅️On top of that, they usually only have one foal at a time, and they aren't interested in reproducing again until their baby grows up a little.

⬅️ One of the first things learned by a donkey breeder is patience.

All farm animals are equally important, they need our care ,love and protection .

Did you ever met, bred ,kept or had funny with a donkey ? Do you wish to have some in your life time ?

Interesting Facts About DogsThere are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrie...

Interesting Facts About Dogs

There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous. ... – Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.

Do you know dog farming is rewarding ? We are ready to share dog literature here provided interested people reach 100 .

Show interest by typing Yes below

Important Facts about pigsPigs have poor eyesight, but a great sense of smell. The pig's nostrils are on its leathery sn...

Important Facts about pigs

Pigs have poor eyesight, but a great sense of smell. The pig's nostrils are on its leathery snout, which is very sensitive to touch. The pig uses the snout to search, or root, for food. Pigs are among the smartest of all domesticated animals and are even smarter than dogs

You can learn more about Pigs.Government is carrying out piggery training basics throughout the country .

Are interested ? , then if so indicate here👇👇

The ALTERNATIVE crop to directly confront the imminent drought #sesameARGUMENTS FOR GROWING SESAME☑️Cash crop grown for ...

The ALTERNATIVE crop to directly confront the imminent drought #sesame


☑️Cash crop grown for the Asian Market

☑️Contract farming companies available – IETC and Sidilla

☑️Can be grown instead of cotton – currently more profitable than cotton

☑️Is drought resistant

☑️Can be grown with few inputs but also responds well to higher inputs

☑️Is proven to be well adapted to Zimbabwean climatic conditions and can be successfully produced in dry areas where smallholder farmers have limited options for cash cropping.


👉🏿Secure a market for your sesame (determine quality and quantity required).

👉🏿Field selection - choose a field in a hot location with well-drained soils.

👉🏿Prepare the land well with 45cm between rows.

👉🏿Timing - plant at the beginning of the rains. Use high quality seed at a population of 88 888 plants/ha and direct sowing (2-4kg seed per hectare, 4-5 seeds per station, 25cm apart at 2-4cm deep).

👉🏿Management - keep fields free of weeds. Mulch crop 2 weeks after germination to suppress weeds. Thin seedlings 2-3 weeks after planting.

👉🏿Harvesting – Harvest plants before the pods shatter (about 140 days after planting) when leaves begin to turn yellow then brown. Dry plants thoroughly before threshing. Use a sieve to remove debris from the seeds.

👉🏿Sort and grade the seeds.

👉🏿Pack into clean, new sacks and store in a cool, dry place until time for delivery.

Towards poverty eradication #Sustainable #farming #SDGs #Youths in #agribusiness #Afrostain #Farmtech

IMPORTANT News Are you aware that the Youth EMPOWER Bank will lend $60 million to 10 000 youths countrywide this year? T...


Are you aware that the Youth EMPOWER Bank will lend $60 million to 10 000 youths countrywide this year? This loan is targeting 10 000 youths .

Also bear in mind that the interest rate is 5 to 7 percent depending on the nature of business.

Are you ready to engage your friendly bank and address your farm financial needs ?

IMPORTANT message to the YouthUnited Nations through UNFPA, ZYC and Government of Zimbabwe set to roll out sector based ...

IMPORTANT message to the Youth

United Nations through UNFPA, ZYC and Government of Zimbabwe set to roll out sector based strategies for Youth in pursuit of achieving Sustainable Development Goals .

Yes ours is Youth in Agriculture Strategy

From the 2nd to the 5th of July 2020 we will be at Karimazondo camping site strategizing and shaping the future for the Youth in Agriculture

Are you concerned about your future? Do you bealive Agriculture can rescusitate our industries and create employment for our youths ?

If your answer is YES then suggest what has to be in the package for the Youth in Agriculture Strategy

Let me know in the comments section below

BREAKING news ...and is worth sharing GOVERNMENT is set to roll out a programme to train agriculture extension (Agritex)...


...and is worth sharing

GOVERNMENT is set to roll out a programme to train agriculture extension (Agritex) teams and smallholder farmers who benefitted from a piggery scheme under the Presidential Livestock Inputs Support Programme, launched by President Mnangagwa in May.

Ever wanted to be an entrepreneur in your Youthful life,? Now is the chance follow our page for updates on future programs meant to enrich you! It is very important!

Are you ready to sail in the same boat with us ?

Let us know in the comments section below

Interesting News📰Matebeleland farmers take livestock farming with pride! A motion that seeks to adress issues of revital...

Interesting News📰

Matebeleland farmers take livestock farming with pride! A motion that seeks to adress issues of revitalizing the livestock sector

And behold it's very important!

Let's all work towards improving our national herd. Would you be interested?

Let me have your thoughts in the comments section

UNPACKING Pfumvudza and REASONS why Youths, Women and Small holder farmers should JOIN pfumvudza TODAY  🔚One plot is eno...

UNPACKING Pfumvudza and REASONS why Youths, Women and Small holder farmers should JOIN pfumvudza TODAY

🔚One plot is enough to feed an average family of five people for a year, while the other plot will produce surplus for sale.

🔚This programme, a robust and a well-capacitated extension provision system for technical backstopping, tracking and monitoring. Each extension worker will be required to establish as least a one demonstration plot and given targets to train, track and monitor the adoption of conservation agriculture by 350 households.

🔚For optimum benefits, planting on the food security plot should be done timely and this requires adequate preparatory activities that include, digging of planting basins before the start of the season and timely acquisition of inputs.

The early land preparation (off-season) allows the farmer to plant their crop with the first effective rains. To allow for supplementary watering or irrigation, the food security plots should, where possible, be placed near water sources.

🔚 It is encouraged that farmers prepare two plots, one for cereals (maize or small grains) and one for legumes thus providing a protein source to complement the cereal.

🔚Three key basic principles:

1️⃣Use of minimum or zero tillage
2️⃣Maintenance of organic mulch cover on the soil surface and
3️⃣Use of crop rotations and interactions that include legume crops.
Concept description

🔚The concept is a sustainable way of crop production intensification, whereby farmers concentrate resources on a smaller piece of land thus reducing labour demand and resulting in higher productivity from lower investment, hence higher profit margins.

🔚Placing three seeds in each planting hole, and later thinning to two, ensures the planting station has the required average of two plants per planting hole, ensuring an optimum plant population.

🔚The small land size ensures that the farmer is able to provide supplementary irrigation (water by hand) where water is available during dry spells, thus enhancing the resilience of the production system.

🔚Precision is extremely important when marking the planting station as this will ensure that planting is done at the same spot every year, allowing the plants to benefit from residual fertility.

*Demonstration plot specifications*

🔚The demonstration plot size should be 16m x 39m (624 square metres).
Inter-row spacing of 75cm
In-row spacing of 60cm
Row length of 16m

Hence digging 28 holes per row, with two maize plants per each planting hole, making a total of 56 plants per row

🔚Therefore 1456 planting holes with a total of 2 912 plants

A total of 52 rows, with each row producing a 20-litre tin of maize grain (one 20-litre per week for 52 weeks equals to 1 year), with the assumption that each plant produces at least one cob (15 t/ha)

🔚The Concept of Conservation Agriculture

1️⃣First Principle: Reducing tillage operations has an impact of reducing moisture loss from inner soil layers (which are not exposed through tillage) and improves the soil structure in the long term, resulting in improved water infiltration

2️⃣Second Principle: The presence of leaves and grass (mulch) minimises impact of intense rainfall on the soil thereby reducing water run-off and soil erosion, as well as reducing evaporation from the upper soil layers.

All this has a net effect of increasing water infiltration.

🔚The mulch also minimises compaction by intense rainfall, reduces temperature fluctuations at the soil surface and also smothers weeds.

3️⃣Third principle: Inclusion of legume-based rotations helps to improve soil fertility, reduces pest infestations and minimises total crop loss during severe weather occurrences.

In conclusion

The “Pfumvudza” concept is coming at a time when most countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and beyond, Zimbabwe included, are reeling from the adverse effects of climate change that have caused output in the agriculture sector to decline.


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