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Guaranteeing The Safety Of Africa’s Future Generations With AMACET

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By Knowledge Mhlanga

Many efforts have been made by different governments and non-governmental organizations to ensure that the African continent is well protected from natural disasters such as hunger, famines, climate change, environmental degradation, and extinction of resources which if properly conserved could serve even future generations

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Yet due to continuous increases in population dynamics, the continent faces tough challenges in escaping the aforementioned problems as myriads of people lack adequate knowledge and information on how to preserve the continent from the above as well as other disasters that might be left out in this article.

However, the future of Africa seems quite bright and secure with the advent of African Media in Agriculture, Climate, Environment, and Tourism which aims to go a long way in ensuring that African populations are well educated and informed on proper Agricultural practices that suits their different environments and climatic conditions so as to combat hunger in the region as well as to disseminate information on proper environmental practices that conserves the environment from damage and wasting as well as the dissemination of information on climatic information such as educating people on the effects of climate change as well as informing people on mitigation measures against climate change and how best to avoid and preserve the environment from phenomenon such as global warming through educating people and teaching them to cease practices that destroys the environment.

Apart from the above, AMACET also endeavors to introduce strategies and measures as well as teaching people on practices that will make the entire African region a marketable and attractive tourist destination where global populations will flock to explore the magnificent beauty of the continent.

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AMACET, which is still at its hypodermic stage started as Southern African Media in Agriculture, Environment and Climate Trust before renaming to African Media in Agriculture, Climate, Environment, and Tourism so as to cater to the greater African populations since it is a noble initiative.

Founded by Mr. Josiah Dimbo, a Zimbabwean National, the organization strives to go a long way as the main media in the dissemination of news on Agriculture, Climate, Environment as well as tourism in the entire African continent as well as to introduce several programs in different countries that are meant to enlighten African populations harnessing different media channels such as newspapers, magazines, radio stations, Television channels, Social Media platforms, banners, memorandum, regional schools quiz shows, roadshows and any other channels that might be effective in spreading the news across the African continent.

The organization is made up of different professionals such as professors, doctors and other academics who were selected from different African countries for their special expertise in different areas such as research and a wide range of experiences and the organization looks up to go a long way in becoming a major force to reckon with in the African continent.

Among the many objectives of AMACET are to promote agro-tourism in Africa, to encourage usage of ICTs in Agricultural, Environmental, tourism development, and Climate change management, to promote smart and better agricultural practical practices so as to increase food production, to increase export-led initiatives in Agriculture, to encourage value addition in produce so as to maximize on production, to raise awareness in matters related to smart organic agriculture, climate change,  environmental management and Tourism development in schools, to establish call centers, eco-schools, magazines and demonstration farms, to promote and encourage inter-tourism among African countries, to promote and encourage youth and women participation and venturing into Agriculture and taking it as a profitable business, to lobby and advocate for better policies in agricultural, environmental and Tourism development and Climate change management, to establish green belts, highways, and eco-schools, to promote regenerative agriculture so as to preserve soil and mother earth as well as several other objectives.

AMACET looks up to become a very successful initiative and in this endeavor, it has partnered other regional and international partners in Agricultural, Environment, Climate and Tourism education, chief among which Is Hanell International, with which it has signed a memorandum of understanding to partner it in the great work of disseminating information and enlightenment of populations on how to best sustain their livelihoods and adopt good agricultural practices as well as sustain and conserve their environments.

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Interview With Princewell ‘The Roadrunner Farmer’

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In the words of Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”, Princewell is one man living and putting to test these words by taking his passion in poultry farming into a test. Princewell (PW) is always there on Twitter mostly sharing his story, pictures, and updates on his roadrunner farming, something which has helped market his business and inspire someone out there. Coach Mallvine (CM), our Productions Manager, caught up with Princewell for an online interview, and below is how it went along. Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to subscribe to stay tuned for more interviews and updates.

CM: Please introduce yourself to our readers.

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PW: Real name Terence Maphosa, a young passionate roadrunner Farmer in his late 30s.

CM: What brought you into farming?

PW: On this one there are a lot of reasons:

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  1. Availability of idleness in my rural area which I saw as a chance to put up something productive and since I had no water, the only idea that looked feasible out of the many I had was road runners.
  2. Passion for roadrunners, before these exotic breeds I was doing the ordinary kumusha roadrunners. So, it became a transition into something catchy more advanced on a larger scale.
  3. Roadrunner farming is not congested that much so, I saw an opportunity that I could use and it worked perfectly.

CM: How big is your farm and what are you currently farming?

PW: This is not a “Farm” as you might call it. It is a resettlement area, but I have a good space which is up to 6 hectares for the chickens and 5hectares for crop farming. It is located in Mhondoro Ngezi. For the crops, I focus mainly on maize, sunflower, soya, and sorghum. These crops reduce the costs of buying feeds.

CM: When did you start the chicken business?

PW: I started in November 2017.

CM: Tell us the types of chickens you sell.

PW: I have 5 breeds that I selected on basis of their different strengths and purposes. Black Australorp (a machine at laying eggs), Koekoek (good at eggs as well), Light Sussex (Both meat and eggs), Kuroila (Meat Master….weighs heavy), Jersey Giant (Meat Master). I have a 6th which is the Buff Orpington but I see it is as a flower that I like seeing around.

CM: Which is the best chicken breeds to keep and why?

PW: Black Australorp, Chicken business needs a bird that lays more so that you minimize the costs. It grows big as well and that will make it marketable for meat. However, I should point out that it differs with farmer’s preferences and also some parts of the community have certain beliefs attached to a black chicken. In that case the Koekoek will come second.

CM: How many hours do you work per day and what is your typical day like?

PW: Roadrunner farming needs all day attention. Feeding, giving medicines to the ones that are sick, cleaning food troughs, etc.

CM: Has it been viewed as more of a business for you or a lifestyle choice? Some combination of both?

PW: To be honest, it started as a business but it grew to be at the heart of my lifestyle. I woke up every day feeling proud of being a roadrunner. So, now I live in the roadrunner business.

CM: What is the most satisfying part of farming for you?

PW: The most satisfying part is having a product that the market has approved and is confident. That alone will give you extra energy to work even harder.

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CM: What motivates you and how do you deal with negativity and any feeling of giving up?

PW: The greatest motivation is me, I look back and say, I cannot go back to the past life, so the only option is to push. Negativity will always be there and some will even destroy your brand but I always try to engage those who think I went off rail or I didn’t offer a good service. The problem is, people usually appreciate through hate. They hate what they like. So the best way is to engage and find a solution.

CM: What is your current take on youth participation in agriculture and how best can they become effective and active participants in this industry?

PW: Youth out there are desiring to go all out for farming but access to land and capital hinders a lot of us to participate in farming. We have the zeal but we don’t have a chance to express it. The government must identify youth with potential and empower them with ideas and inputs. Without that, farming will remain a thing of an idea to youth.

CM: Have you benefitted from any government or social programs to boost your agriculture business, if not are you looking forward to any?

PW: No. Not as of yet. If the help comes I will take it with both hands. I’m a citizen of the country and if the government sees it fit, I will take them and utilize them without fail.

CM: Many a time, access to finance and support systems are usually not in favor of subsistence farmers. How do you think the situation can be improved and work to boost and support the subsistence farmer?

PW: I am one of the subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe and I am thriving on the small space that I have. So the government may also consider looking into aiding us to boost our projects from the small pieces of land that we have.

CM: With regards to the market and marketing, how responsive has it been, and how you have been effectively marketing your business?

PW: Honestly, Twitter has been the base for my customers. All referrals and recommendations are mostly coming from Twitter. The key is being consistent and not supplying wrong or fake products. As far as to this level, the market has been quite fair to me. I market my chocks on social platforms that are, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. This is done by me and the aid of all people reading this interview.

CM: Tell us, how is the chicken Market in Zimbabwe and how can we improve our Chicken’s quality?

PW: The chicken business in Zimbabwe has always been there and it was more of broiler productions but the roadrunner business is of growth over the past 5 to 6 years. The marker is high because people are slowly moving to organic meat which I assume will overtake the broiler business in no time. However, we must reach a level of making our own breeds named after us, and unique breeds registered from Zimbabwe. We are focusing on importing breeds from other countries, yet, we cannot make our own. It is my dream that I will see that wish be of reality.

CM: What has been our greatest obstacle in your hustle and how did you manage to overcome that?

PW: My greatest obstacle has been on feed. Generally, feed in Zimbabwe is expensive and the profit margin is thin, so, for a farmer starting to grow it becomes a great challenge. However, planting your feed has been the solution and as for now I have no complaints.

CM: Any mistakes you have made in farming that you regret or have managed to learn from?

PW: My greatest mistake was in 2018 when I almost sold all my chickens due to frustration.  The market was not giving a favorable response and I sold a lot of birds. Later the market gave a positive response when I was almost giving up. It is now a story of the past and I learnt the virtue of patience. Every farmer out there must know, as long as you have a good product, people will buy no matter what.

CM: What advice can you give to the chicken farmer out there who is also looking forward to growing their farming too?

PW: To the small farmer out there; take your time to set your things, there is no competition in farming, the industry is not flooded, market is there go to the drawing board and set your things in the right place then come out with guns blazing and grow big. Whatever line you take in farming, just push to have the best product and remember, “honesty” is key.  Have good breeds that are compatible with any environment. It is not about having many breeds but the type of a breed.

CM: What are the keys to success in farming, particularly the poultry business?

PW: Have the best products, be honest, transparent, deliver, and lastly, work hard.

CM: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

PW: In 5 years to come I will be in the process of perfecting my own breeds and constantly supplying roadrunner meat.

CM: Where can people find you?

PW: I am based in Harare and as for my project it is in Mhondoro Ngezi.

CM: How do you see your role in the community?

PW: I see myself in the sense of a role model. With the growth in business follows a bit of dignity and responsibility. People expect much and you to act a certain way. Therefore, I accept that because some will be looking up to me as a role model it becomes my role in the community.

CM: Please give us your social media pages.

Facebook: Prince Machiavelli Chickens; Twitter: @terrymap1

Website: www.machiavelliprince.co.zw

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Heroes Day Message: Unsung Zimbabwean Heroes

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By: Munyaradzi Zindi

Some time ago our newly born beloved nation celebrated its first heroes day celebrations since then years have passed. Today we celebrate our heroes day when our nation is in a quagmire situation, divided and most worrisome most have forgotten our heroes. Despite the various challenges that our nation faces they have remained steadfast and they continue to contribute to the nation’s advancement. Our generation may not truly understand or value the heroes’ day because sometimes the day has been abused and used as a tool to indoctrinate the young with the wrong information. A heroes day is a day in which a nation just celebrates the sons and daughters of the nation who have done good works for the nation through their lives.

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Our men and women who are working in the most gruesome foreign countries at the end of the day providing for their beloved back home. We have women who have raised their kids as single moms and the kids have gone on to be the officials and representatives of the nation. Women wake up at 3am going to the market places like Mbare to hoard fruits and veggies just to get the next dollar.

Young men enter underground unprotected into dumped mines looking for the precious metal so that they can be providers to their families. Young women have chosen to be cross borders being on the road week in week out pursuing a life that is unpleasant but only for the reason of providing for their families. We have brave courageous men and women who sleep in the open at night protecting properties and institutions that provide services to the great Zimbabwean population. We have young boys and girls who walk kilometers just to have a chance with education because in their areas there no schools. Young people are working in the most difficult situations and work places just to support their tertiary education because their parents cannot afford to support their children. Today we celebrate such forgotten heroes and heroines who are not given credit but they do whatever necessary to make things work in the nation.

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Our history we have so many heroes and heroines who have fought and represented us very well. Our heroes can be traced back as far as the pre 19th century era, the likes of Changamire Dombo, Nyatsimba Mutota, Nehanda Nyakasikana (Charwe), Chaminuka, Mzikikazi and Lobengula. Recent times we had the participants of the liberation war both male and females contributed in their spaces for that we are grateful. The war gave birth to the nation that we celebrate and enjoy today and we value the efforts of such courageous men and women who sacrificed everything for the greater cause. As the young generation sometimes fails to appreciate the efforts of such men and women. Now the economic situation and the social spaces are not reflecting what the war efforts promised the nation. The nation is bleeding from various ailments and we need unity of purpose to mend the lost pride in the name Zimbabwean. This heroes day should be used as a reflection for justice for the fallen men and women who sacrificed everything for this nation, we should do justice to them by making Zimbabwe great again. We owe them because we have contributed to the dying of our nation and justice should be done to restore the pride of our beloved nation Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe has been succumbed by various challenges especially starting from the turn of the millennium, we chewed what we could not swallow and as a result our country has turned from hero to zero. Despite the fact that we are suffering from various negatives we have various people who deserves recognition and praise for their actions and participation in national issues. We have young men and women and the older generations who have represented Zimbabwe on the world stage without being given anything notable. Despite contributing enormously the only thing they got is the pride of being a Zimbabwean. For that today we celebrate them. We have the likes of Muzhingi who participated in the comrades’ marathon and won a couple of times representing Zimbabwe and making us proud, the likes of the late Dr. Oliver Mutukudzi who died recently. Dr. Mutukudzi died as a celebrated national icon in the music circles and for that, we keep on celebrating his life even after his departure.

We have many other heroes and heroines like Dr. Rebecca Chisamba, Kirsty Coventry, Peter Ndlovu, Jairos Jiri, Fr Fidelis Mukonori, Prof Hope Sadza, Axil Jeffries, Tanya Muzinda Strive Masiiwa, Marvelous Nakamba, the late Dr. Richard Tsvangirai Mukudzei Mukombe and others not mentioned who have been involved in the process of building and representing our nation. We need to celebrate our heroes because we are Zimbabweans and no one will come and do that for us.

Heroism does not only benchmark on the liberation war involvement because heroism is just conducted especially as exhibited in fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end. We need to unlearn and relearn certain things for us to fully harness certain things because without education people will continue downsizing their national pride which should be the backbone of every nation. When all is said and done we have various other unsung heroes and heroines who continue to be the pillars and strength of this great nation. We have mothers, fathers, young men and women, little boys, and girls who are living in the direst conditions suffering from the economic turmoil. They continue having hope in this great nation, they continue striving in the most difficult ways. Millions have fled to the Diaspora for greener pastures and they continue being heroes and heroines in foreign lands representing the beloved nation of Zimbabwe.

Being a hero is a great thing for everyone and everyone wishes to be one but because as human beings we always celebrate the most popular ones we tend to forget the unsung heroes and heroines who work tirelessly in the background just to make things work for the better. Today is a day we celebrate everyone who continues to do good for the nation of Zimbabwe. Today is the day we need to reflect on the past, what have we learned and what should we change to change the trajectory of our great nation because many heroes that have fallen are crying in their graves because of what we have made this nation. Happy heroes day to every Zimbabwean.

Munyaradzi Zindi Chikomba (0719103604 mchikomba07@gmail.com)

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Domestic Violence Campaign: Marist & Kriste Mambo Leos

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In these difficult times when we are under lockdown because of this pandemic, we all are vulnerable to stress and a lot of domestic violence. Most people have just resumed work but some are still at home and they have difficulties getting basic needs. Due to these factors and the failure to accept a sudden change in lifestyle, most people will be having a lot of stress and not everyone knows how to deal with this stress such that some may resolve to violence and end up assaulting spouses, children, and even employees due to frustration. So, as the youths of Zimbabwe and the LEOS of Marist Nyanga and Kriste Mambo, we have taken the initiative of educating people on the issue of domestic violence through the use of online posters which will be distributed through various online platforms. We are focusing on the four main questions;

What domestic violence is, what the signs of domestic violence are, how to deal with it and also on who can help you when you face this problem.

We aim to help people understand the problem that is troubling a lot of households by sharing some important facts about the problem and we hope to make an impact on the lives of many and also instill confidence in people so that they make the correct decisions.

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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence entails any act that can be done by anyone on another person which may cause emotional, physical or psychological pain to the affected party. Domestic violence is intrigued by boredom, stress, and idleness and that is why we have heard about a lot of cases since people are confined in their homes without anything to do. Domestic violence normally prevails at the household level although it can as well extend to the surrounding community if not properly handled and managed. It is important to note that although domestic violence is in most cases linked to fights and arguments between and amongst people, this can as well extend to emotional attacks by other people. One can be violated by the words that are said by another party. This of course has an impact on one’s emotions and in serious cases, one may lose his or her inbuilt confidence and a result fails to address issues that affect them in society. Thus, we can confidently conclude that domestic violence is an umbrella term that covers all forms of abuse that most of us are being subjected to especially during this lockdown period.

What are the signs of domestic violence?

Domestic violence generally leads to drastic changes in the behavior of individuals soon after they have been victimized. Fortunately, we are able to see this but it only takes a vigilant eye to discern these behavior changes. Firstly, when one has been a victim of domestic violence, it is very probable that he or she loses confidence in himself or herself. This can be seen when the victim tries to isolate himself or herself from the rest of the people whom they normally associate and interact with. Generally, we have those people in the community who are always cheerful and nice to spend time with. When such an individual has been subjected to domestic violence, he or she changes and starts to isolate from other people.

They may also try to justify their actions by putting the blame on schoolwork, work, and other activities. However, we can still see that there is something wrong since in the past they managed these commitments very well in spite of being cheerful. When there’s such an individual in the community, seek help, you might be having a victim of domestic violence yet you are staring at them blindly!!! Apart from isolation by the victim from other individuals, we can see that one has been victimized through bruises and wounds on their bodies. This is a very common sign and it is very much easier for one to discern that a person has been victimized. This can only be seen if one was physically brutalized by the offender.

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However, this sign has been less common as people have been able to conceal the bruises as they fear confrontation by the outside world. Moreso, one may want to conceal his or her pain through being over-confident than they were before the incident. This is normally dominant to those who were reserved and shy before the act. However, this sign is rare although it may take place. It is also vitally crucial that in our quest to discern one’s problems in relation to domestic violence, we do not confuse it with one’s self-esteem!

How to deal with domestic violence and whom to talk to?

From a personal level, one can deal with domestic violence by being calm and seek help from other people within our society who are able to provide sound advice on the issue. It is important that we note that if a person has been a victim of domestic violence, it does not strip him or her of their dignity and respect within society.

We as a society have to be there for these individuals since that is the time they need us the most in society. Therefore, myths and misconceptions that domestic violence cases are not reported to the police because of relations and ties of blood or marriage should be discarded forthwith from our daily lives. Whenever you have been a victim of domestic violence, you need to report immediately to the nearest police station so that justice takes its course. For emotional support one may need to get help from counselors who can be consulted in various institutions such as Population Services International, Plan International, and Adult Rape Clinic.

It is all up to us within the society that we ensure the safety of everyone. We have to ensure that the world is a nice place to dwell in for everyone who stays in it. It starts with you!!! Tell a friend to tell a friend.

Together we can fight the battle against domestic violence in our societies!!!

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By Marist Nyanga & Kriste Mambo Leos

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