The Green House Project

We as Zimconserve are very grateful to Beyond Subsistence for sponsoring a community based project at Seke rural area.
A greenhouse to the uninitiated – is an overly efficient method of farming agroforestry or horticultural products such as commercial trees, herbs, flowers and vegetables...

The Green House Project

We as Zimconserve are very grateful to Beyond Subsistence for sponsoring a community based project at Seke rural area.
A greenhouse to the uninitiated – is an overly efficient method of farming agroforestry or horticultural products such as commercial trees, herbs, flowers and vegetables within a protected structure or house as the name suggests covered in transparent material. Besides being efficient in nature it is cheaper to erect or set up as it basically requires gum poles, plastic covering and the knowhow at most.
The advantage of greenhouse like the 30m x 20m set up is its ability to control the environment that is humidity, temperature, pests and the plants from adverse weather conditions generally prevalent in sub-Saharan climates.
According to our field technicians, the establishment of the project endeavors to enhance the production and distribution of healthy uniform disease free seedlings to the farming community in and around Seke. They also stressed that it would serve as a training demonstration unit for the unemployed youth and farmers as well as a motivational tool to establish subsequent community nurseries thereby creating self sustenance and job creation to the beneficiaries among other benefits. They added that the villagers would acquire additional income from sales of nursery seedlings and thus aid in meeting our goal of equipping and training farmers with technical knowhow in permaculture
The Councilor for Seke, Mr Simbarashe Ngarande was full of praises for the project and said it would go a long way in job creation and the alleviation of poverty among the locals by enhancing their livelihoods and well-being. Mrs Pamela Zhande, a local farmer also hailed the development as a sustainable agricultural method and urged fellow farmers to take a cue from Zimconserve’s example and establish similar projects of the kind as a way of uplifting their livelihoods. I would like to conclude by saying that the project is a milestone for both our organization and the community as both parties were set to benefit immensely following establishment.


Fish Pond Project Report

I am pleased to report on the the establishment of a fish pond project at Seke 3 high school.
We excavated a 20m x 10m x 1,5m pond, lined it with a proper polythene dam liner of similar dimensions. From our source of water, the pond was filled to capacity, before releasing the seed pack (fish) into it (the tilapia variety...

Fish Pond Project Report

I am pleased to report on the the establishment of a fish pond project at Seke 3 high school.
We excavated a 20m x 10m x 1,5m pond, lined it with a proper polythene dam liner of similar dimensions. From our source of water, the pond was filled to capacity, before releasing the seed pack (fish) into it (the tilapia variety was used as it suits well with the Sub-Saharan climatic conditions).
The top was then secured with some netting to keep predators, such as thieves (humans) kingfisher birds and toads at bay. Besides, requiring less labour and material costs, the feeding takes only two standard tea cup of pellets per day, enough to sustain a shoal of 10 000 fish. A 50kg bag, thus can sustain the project up till harvest time over a six month period. At USD$2,50 per kg, a haul of 10 000 is certain enough to send the practitioner smiling all the way to the bank, going by those numerical figures.
The head master for Seke 3 high School, Mr Makuliashi was full of praises for the project and said “The project generate high interest and excitement. It has great potential to produce high quality protein in relatively small areas. Fish farming is one way that resource poor schools throughout Zimbabwe can improve nutrition and generate income” I cannot resist using the overused Chinese proverb because it is so relevant and profound in this situation: “If you give people fish, they will have food for a day. If you teach them how to fish, they will have food for their lifetime”.
Our fish pond designs addresses issues such as food security (and abundance), resistance to intensifying weather events, resiliency toward unpredictable climactic conditions over time, growing food in drought conditions with minimal water usage, regenerating living soil and sequestering large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere into the soil.
Zimconserve is now renowned for its Aquaculture (FISH FARMING) training programs.The course module on offer is Aquaculture (FISH FARMING) and involves:
1.Siting of the fish pond.
2.Pond Excavation.
3.Installation on the damliner
4.Filling the pond with water.
5.Stocking the pond with fish.
6.Feeding of the fish.
7.Harvesting.
The ponds come in dimensions of 10m x 10m x 1,5m and 20m x 10m x 1,5m respectively.
Zimconserve is assisting interested parties to set up their own projects anywhere within Zimbabwe. Notably, fish farming has of recent proven to be a sustainable and lucrative way to good health and source of income for many households.


Report on Master Tree Grower Program 17-21 September 2018

Zimconserve in association with its partner Beyond Subsistence of Australia convened a successful Agroforestry Seminar at Zimbabwe Food for the Hungry-Chitungwiza that began in earnest on the 17th and closed on the 21st of September 2018. The Seminar, graced by participants who included, local farmers, government...

Report on Master Tree Grower Program 17-21 September 2018

Zimconserve in association with its partner Beyond Subsistence of Australia convened a successful Agroforestry Seminar at Zimbabwe Food for the Hungry-Chitungwiza that began in earnest on the 17th and closed on the 21st of September 2018.
The Seminar, graced by participants who included, local farmers, government representatives, Agricultural experts and the media. We had a delegate from Zambia in attendance, farmers from Gokwe and Chinhoyi as well. Everything, fell in place as we visited various demonstration sites in and around Chitungwiza, such as Harare, Beatrice, Goromonzi and Seke where we had the opportunity to see firsthand various agro based projects such as carpentry workshops, Apiary, Agroforestry and fish farming.
The Aussie team, gave incisive lectures on the Agroforestry Industry. The holistic approach, involved lessons from the nursery stage up to the marketing end (value addition). They also shared invaluable lessons and demonstrations on how to measure the diameter of a tree, without felling it using some special measuring tape, and to prune effectively using proper tools. We discussed, the challenges likely to face a farmer such as common on tree diseases and the long period it takes to harvest a tree.
We also exchanged notes among ourselves and the Agricultural experts from Agritex, EMA and Forestry Commission shared their knowledge on the subject including environmental conservation. All in all, we had a busy schedule but thank goodness, we managed to pull through, without much incident, save for say an aborted trip to a school of the mentally challenged, we could not visit owing to circumstances beyond our control.Otherwise, everything went according to plan, as everyone else went home smiling with their certificates.


The Herald

Government has hailed Zimconserve for its efforts towards sustainable agriculture practices, it is spearheading in communities within Mashonaland East province.
Speaking at the recently held Zimbabwe Master Tree Grower Agroforestry seminar 2018 edition, the Assistant District Administrator for Seke rural, who was the guest of honour, Mr Erick Samunda, said community development can only be enhanced...

The Herald

Government has hailed Zimconserve for its efforts towards sustainable agriculture practices, it is spearheading in communities within Mashonaland East province.
Speaking at the recently held Zimbabwe Master Tree Grower Agroforestry seminar 2018 edition, the Assistant District Administrator for Seke rural, who was the guest of honour, Mr Erick Samunda, said community development can only be enhanced the moment communities begin to appreciate the many benefits of a well managed environment through proper agricultural practices that defies deforestation, a plague that ultimately leads to land degradation, soil erosion and river siltation, not to mention the alteration of climatic conditions ,which subsequently leads to erratic rainfall patterns through global warming.
“Mankind is his only worst enemy”, he said. “As you can see now, we are reaping the harvest of our reckless towards the environment. And its only us who can put an end to this”.
The 5-day seminar hosted by Zimconserve a local NGO drew participants from as far afield as Australia, Zambia and the ten provinces of Zimbabwe who converged at POSCO Korean centre in Chitungwiza which began on the 17th and ended on the 21st of September.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Founding Director Gabriel Mutongi exhorted the farmers to grow trees. “ I hope as we return to our various farms, we are going to set an example, by applying the priceless knowledge we have gained here”, he said, to the applause of the audience.
Also gracing the occasion was Mr Edmore Borowa from EMA who shared invaluable information on veld fires and the importance of erecting fireguards around farms.
The Aussies who are all experts in Agroforestry from an organisation called Beyond Subsistence did share their Australian experiences on Agroforestry taking the participants to the period when the British Colony once fell victim to reckless land use and deforestation by the early settlers. Leading the four member team, were Jon Lambert, Peter and Josh Ronalds and Trevor Meers all from the different regions of vast continental Australia.
Agritex, who were represented by Susan Choto, Moline Chitungo and Chipo Mbonjani together with the Forestry Commission’s delegation of Lewis Radzire and Lucias Mujuru, all unanimously echoed the same sentiments regarding the need to safeguard the environment for the present and future generations.
The Party also partook on bus tours to farms and schools to appreciate the efforts initiated by Zimconserve, where the tourists had the opportunity to see greenhouses, bee-keeping projects, tree-nursery projects, fish farming ponds, in Seke, Goromonzi and Beatrice areas.


Church Project Report

Zimconserve,has initiated and assisted in setting permaculture nutrition gardens at Chitungwiza Baptist Church,Unit K in partnership with Seed Programs International with the collective cooperation of the church leadership and congregants alike,we succeeded in creating a model mandala bed design- an all in one garden that co-opts a variety of vegetables species,herbs and a tree.
This project shall enhance, the church's...

Church Project Report

Zimconserve,has initiated and assisted in setting permaculture nutrition gardens at Chitungwiza Baptist Church,Unit K in partnership with Seed Programs International with the collective cooperation of the church leadership and congregants alike,we succeeded in creating a model mandala bed design- an all in one garden that co-opts a variety of vegetables species,herbs and a tree.
This project shall enhance, the church's philanthropic charitable work that includes support to orphans,the physically and mentally handicapped,the widows and the destitutes alike.
Sample list of seeds donated by Seed Programs International
Chinese Cabbage
Spinach
Kale
Mustard
Pepper
Onion
Carrots