in Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s Office, Davis Marapira is farming a special
grass which is used to make cattle feed as part of his own efforts to develop
the sector in Masvingo province.
implementing the project on part of his 500-hectare farm which is located some
few kilometres west of Masvingo city off Bulawayo highway.
known by its Portuguese name Brazseed Panicum Mombaza, is rich in nutrients
that enable cattle to survive the worst of the lean seasons.
the best performing farmers in the whole province if not the whole country in
terms of yields per hectare and effective land use, imports the seed of the
grass variety from Brazil.
TellZim News, Marapira said the grass project was a response to the urgent need
to grow alternative stock feed in face of increasingly unreliable rainfall
cattle farmer, you do not want to keep doing things the old ways because
everything is changing. You want to explore new ways of keeping your livestock
alive and healthy even in the worst of droughts. This is why we at this farm
have decided to start growing this grass variety.
project because to import the seed is expensive, the fertilisers are expensive and
there is also need for manpower to remove unwanted weeds and to do all the other
nurturing work. We have begun with 30ha which can produce enough yields to feed
300 cattle for one year,” said Marapira.
adequately-nurtured Brazseed Panicum Mombaza can produce enough hay to feed 10
cattle for twelve months at a yield of 100kg/ha.
fed some compounds of phosphate, potassium, iron, zinc, nitrogen and urea
fertilisers for it to reach its fullest potential.
will go to the local market and the rest will be exported to such countries as
Israel where demand is high. We need to earn as much foreign currency as we can
so that the project can grow and remain sustainable,” said Marapira.
several tonnes of maize, sugar bean seed and wheat, and it also hosts several
hundreds of cattle, sheep and goats.
are building, this farm is becoming smaller and smaller. Our activities are
growing because we are serious farmers who want to feed the country. There is
no need for people to keep land they cannot utilise,” said Marapira.
by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s successful farming business at his Sherwood
Farm in Kwekwe.