A physically challenged Zhombe couple has become the envy of their community after it came first in a farming competition held in the area in a case that justifies the old adage that ‘disability does not mean inability’.

Now in their late 50s, the Sibanda’s are a clear testimony that where there is a will there is indeed a way.

The family is ranked amongst the best when it comes to farming in the Zhombe community.

The couple which has no other source of income is looking forward to harvest more than 5 tonnes of maize and 10 bales of cotton in an area that has been ravaged by climate change-induced drought this season.

An agronomist Mr Ronny Chigombe said farmers should make use of extension officers and sample their soils while keeping records of weather patterns in their areas for proper planning required in farming.

“With proper soil testing farmers can know the type of fertilisers to apply. This is critical. Farmers also need to have records of when they last received rainfall so that they monitor the weather cycles in the face of climate change,” he said.

Zimbabwe is facing unfavourable weather patterns due to the effects of climate change amid calls for local farmers to employ new farming techniques to mitigate against the harsh weather conditions.