Young Zimbabweans turn to farming to survive

More than 20 years after land was seized from whites, several farms are still not being fully utilised and some young farmers say that needs to change.

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TERENCE MAPOSE: My name is Terence Maphose, also, known as the Prince [? macavity. ?] I'm 29 years old, and I'm a farmer in Zimbabwe. The journey to becoming a farmer, it came after a realization that I need a lasting solution to my personal financial problems.

It's difficult. It's almost impossible to get employment after college or after attaining even all level certificate or A level certificate. But this land issue, it has been, and it's still going to create employment, especially nowadays.

Right now, I'm in a small village. You can see. It's a small, small village. I don't own land here.

This small space is for my mom. So if my mom, tomorrow, decides to chase me away, that means I'm landless. I believe the land reform program now should be targeted at the youth, because we are the future. And the future is now.

So for us to secure the future of other generations to come, we need to give the youth the land. Maybe the government would need to take land audit maybe, and see those who are utilizing it positively and those who are not. And those who are not, they should be taken of them and be given to the youth who are showing signs of potential to utilize the land positively.

To be honest, I see a sharp growth in my business considering where and how I started to where I am right now. I'm managing to take care of my family, take care of myself, and even to expand more. So for me, it's something positive, and I'm loving it. And I believe in decades to come, Zimbabwe will be in its original position as the breadbasket of Africa or of Southern Africa. I believe so, because the youth are now taking a step.