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Farming for the Future: Tapping the commercial out of conservation agriculture

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Now is the time that every farmland holder in Africa must become clearly aware of the fact that “they possess the custodianship of feeding the world.” It is high time that our farmers begin to think in terms of a farming that is relevant for the future. Conventional farming will deliver conventional results, which is what we already have; "an agricultural supply that is rapidly being outstripped by the burgeoning and diversifying demand."

As the Montpellier Panel put it; to meet future agriculture and food needs, a more sustainable form of intensification will be required. The whole world has started to think in terms of the "triple bottom line" (economic, social and environmental sustainability in business) Zimbabwean agriculture should position itself by continually improving production processes and thinking to take advantage of the inevitable demand for sustainable solutions to the world’s food and hunger problems.

 

Conservation agriculture, a sustainable approach?

 

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Almost every year some people die after consuming poisonous wild mushrooms, mushrooms are a delicacy so its understandable however dont venture into wild mushroom hunting if you cannot identify  the mushrooms.

You can read a detailed article on poisonous mushrooms  , i did that post after poisonous mushrooms wiped four members of one family.

 

To be 100% safe eat cultivated mushrooms

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I found  this interesting   article on the FAO website and thought I should share with the the agrifarmz community  . Family farming has been part of us for years  . What is your experience with Family farming

 From FAO website

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Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development. Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labour, including both women’s and men’s.



 Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector.



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Introduction to Fish farming - Hapgon Agri-Ltd

 

Fish farming is a form of aquaculture, The act of fish farming is about raising fish commercially in tanks or enclosures for human consumption. Aquaculture is also known as “aqua farming” which relates to the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish. The farming aspect of aqua farming implies some aspect of intervention into the natural growing process to enhance production. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization aquaculture has grown three times faster compared to land-based animal agriculture.

Fish Farming Methods:

1- The first method is the "Cage System" which use cages that are placed in lakes, ponds and oceans that contain the fish. This method is also widely referred to as off-shore cultivation. Fish are kept in the cage like structures and are “artificially fed” and harvested. The fish farming cage method has made numerous technological advances over the years, especially with reducing diseases and environmental concerns. However, the number one concern of the cage method is fish escaping and being loose among the wild fish population.

2- The second method is "Irrigation Ditch or Pond Systems" for raising fish. This basic requirement for this method is to have a ditch or a pond that holds water. This is a unique system because at a small level, fish are artificially fed and the waste produced from the fish is then used to fertilize farmers’ fields. On a larger scale, mostly in ponds, the pond is self-sustaining as it grows plants and algae for fish food.

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To counter the risk of poor yields, lost income and hunger, the Government of Zimbabwe turned to FAO for assistance in helping farmers in the country's marginal areas focus more on producing small grains such as sorghum and millet.

Both are traditionally important crops that can be grown with relatively less water resources - and both are more nutritious than maize.

Working alongside Zimbabwe's Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, FAO kicked off a two-year pilot project in September 2010 to boost the production, processing and marketing of small grains in three of the country's drier provinces.

According to Joyce Mulila-Mitti, FAO's lead technical officer for the  project, maize is the crop almost every farmer in Zimbabwe wants to grow.  "It is so popular that it tends to be grown in parts of the country where the conditions are not favourable," she said, including areas that receive less than 600 mm of rainfall per year.

There is strong incentive - prompted partly by government policy and agricultural extension services that target maize production, aggressive marketing by seed houses and millers, favourable pricing policies and good demand. High-yielding maize varieties and technology are also readily available.

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