February 2017

Wheat farming in Zimbabwe

By |2022-09-15T12:36:27+02:00February 10th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Wheat field

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa: Wheat farming in Zimbabwe

Growing conditions and growing area

  • Very capital-intensive crop growth mainly by commercial farmers in Zimbabwe.
  • Capital required for seeds, irrigation equipment, fertilizers and machinery.
  • Being a temperate crop, it is grown in winter under irrigation.
  • Rainfall must be […]

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Cotton farming in Zimbabwe

By |2022-09-15T12:36:27+02:00February 10th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Cotton field. Farmer.co.zw

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa:Cotton farming in Zimbabwe

Growing conditions and growing area

  • Zimbabwe is the largest producer of the crop in Africa south of the Sahara.
  • A bush crop grown in summer using dry land farming.
  • Rainfall at least 600 mm in the growing season.
  • […]


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Maize farming in Zimbabwe

By |2022-09-15T12:36:27+02:00February 10th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Maize farm near Harare

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa:Maize farming in Zimbabwe

Growing conditions and growing area

  • Staple food crop of Zimbabwe.
  • Production is 2.8 million tonnes.
  • Annually with 70% from communal farmers.
  • Main producing area-ecological region 2.
  • Rainfall-minimum 890 mm, otherwise supplement with irrigation temperature about 21° C […]

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Tea farming in Zimbabwe

By |2022-09-15T12:36:28+02:00February 10th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa:Tea farming in Zimbabwe

Growing conditions and growing area

  • A perennial tree crop grown more on plantation than by individual commercial farmers.
  • A region 1 crop in Zimbabwe.
  • High rainfall, over 1 000 mm, cool temperature, around 18°C but must be frost-free.
  • Grown on mountain […]

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Tobacco farming in Zimbabwe

By |2022-09-15T12:36:28+02:00February 9th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Tobacco farmers selling their produce at TSF.

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa: Tobacco farming in Zimbabwe

Growing conditions and growing area

  • This accounts for 30 % of the country forex earnings and 12% of GDP.
  • It employs over 300 000 people.
  • Region 2 major growing area.
  • Rainfall 700-1000 mm […]

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Commercial farming in Zimbabwe

By |2022-09-15T12:36:28+02:00February 9th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Commercial Farm in Zimbabwe.

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa: Commercial farming in Zimbabwe

Inputs

  • Land– ranges from 500 to 100 000 ha.
  • Rainfall– water for irrigation comes from rivers, dams, lakes or aquifers.
  • Capital– comes from banks or other farmers.
  • Labour– this comes from the farmers himself, skilled and […]

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Commercial ranching

By |2022-09-15T12:36:29+02:00February 9th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Brahman cattle. Image credit agcanada.com

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa: Commercial ranching

  • This is the large scale rearing of livestock mainly to produce meat for sale.
  • In Zimbabwe however, the ranching has of late been diversified with the farmers not just keeping cattle and sheep but also wildlife […]

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Livestock Farming

By |2022-09-15T12:36:29+02:00February 9th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Dairy Farm. Image credit abstcm.com

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa:Livestock Farming

  • Animal husbandry is the rearing of livestock, cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys by a farmer in order to sustain himself and his nation.
  • Commercially, for Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa with the exception of South Africa’s […]

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Cattle Ranching as a system

By |2022-09-15T12:36:30+02:00February 9th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Grazing Cattle. Image credit blogspot.com

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa:Cattle Ranching as a system

We are aware that some of the information in this topic is dated but we have included it because examiners still keep examining on it.

  • Cattle ranching , like any other farming activity, is […]

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Gezira versus Lowveld Irrigation schemes

By |2022-09-15T12:36:30+02:00February 9th, 2017|Notes, O Level Geography, Ordinary Level Notes|

Gezira Irrigation cotton plants. Image credit MIT

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes:Agriculture:Farming types in Africa:Gezira  versus Lowveld Irrigation schemes

Gezira Irrigation Scheme

  • Is one of the largest irrigation schemes in the world
  • It is found int the state of   Al Jazirah in Sudan
  • It is located at the confluence of the […]

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