A Chihota communal farmer has become a symbol of hope and resilience after diversifying his farming ventures into a model many are now learning from.

With no formal training in agriculture, passion has been the driver for Mr Nelson Chaparata, whose 3 hectare plot, has become a success model in this horticulture dominated area.

After having failed to access land under the land reform programme, Mr Chaparapata had to turn to his maternal uncles for a piece and it has paid dividends.

“I am someone who is passionate about farming so after I failed to get land, I approached my uncles who gave me this piece of land,” he said.

Marondera District Administrator, Mr Clemence Masawi said he is impressed by the level of production and commitment exhibited by the farmer.

“This is very impressive, I think we need to recommend him for a bigger piece of land so that he maximises on production,: Mr Masawi said.

The farmer has also generated employment for locals as he currently employs 10 people.

He is planning to start fish farming and also to set up an abattoir.

With the government emphasising on maximum utilisation of land, people like Mr Chaparapata and his efforts must provide the launch pad to be emulated and replicated in other areas.