31 year old Karoi farmer, Kudzai Gasho is marvelling his farming exploits this season after putting up 200 hectares under maize, with support from the Command Agriculture Programme.

Gasho left his base in Ukraine mid-year last year and decided to venture into farming after being inspired by the achievements of other farmers in the Tengwe area whose exploits he learnt about on facebook.

In his first season, which is the current one, he put 200 hectares under a maize crop and said his average yield was 8 tonnes per hectare.

Gasho believes farming is the answer to ending poverty, especially with the government coming in with production enhancement support programmes such as the Command Agriculture Programmes which has since spread to Command Livestock.

He has delivered the bulk of the produce to the GMB but the vast swathes of land with stalks left after combine harvesters cleared the fields tell a story about Gasho’s achievements as a farmer.

He took aim at diasporans who are skeptical about the ability of indigenous farmers.

Meanwhile, the Karoi based farmer put some 60 hectares under wheat this winter.