From the Editor
FROM THE EDITOR
To our valued readers, As we start the new year, it’s time to look to the future and reflect on what we would like to achieve in 2019. The Zimbabwean agricultural sector, in all its glorious, multi faceted diversity, is continuing to grow, slowly and steadily. ZiMunda will be celebrating its success stories and continuing to share with our readers, a mix of technical and agronomic opinion, expertise and analysis.
Inside this issue of the magazine, there’s a mix of the old and the new, looking forward, whilst also looking back. This is a bit like farming: working within the age-old seasonal cycles, yet continuing to adapt to them in modern ways.
In this issue, we visit a Marondera dairy farm and take a look at the exciting innovations the farmer is implementing; we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of a cattle stud, and we investigate the underwater world of farm dam maintenance. We also look back at the history of one of Zimbabwe’s educational institutions, Kushinga Phikelela Polytechnic. As the summer cropping season continues, with its associated rainfall challenges, an agronomist shares his top tips for improving crop productivity in the face of limited water supplies.
As ZiMunda continues on its journey, we continue to be amazed and heartened by the success stories we fi nd in the farming community. The determination, hard work, resilience, persistence and sacrifice of farmers in Zimbabwe is inspirational and needs to be heralded.
We hope that 2019 will be everything you wish it to be.