TOP MINER GEARED ON FOOD PRODUCTION
By Wellington Zimbowa
WHETHER in mineral extraction or food production, Midlands based Brighton Daka feels at home when working with the land.
A renowned senior mining executive with an Anglo American local subsidiary company and a notable career spanning over two decades, he is a proud beneficiary of governments land reform programme and is determined to take an active role in ensuring the country’s National Development Strategy (NDS) on food security and nutrition.
Having started as an A1 farmer – thanks viable productivity – he has been since upgraded to the A2 status, with a 99 year-old lease and maintains that farming as yet another call.
In an interview following a recent Pfumbvudza/Intwasa Field Day at his 35 helter Brighton and Debra Range better known as B & D Range Farm.
“It was in fulfillment of my passion n desire to create a centre of excellence,” said the former AMG president about his farming project, which started in 2010.
Over US$100 000 has been invested in the project, he added, with bias towards livestock while goat genetics is being practiced.
“I have14 employees who look daily activities under the guidance of a professional manager. B& and D Range has 85 cattle, 215 sheep, 63 goats 700 broilers, 600 road runners, 15 turkeys, 5 guinea fowls, 55 ducks and 6 horses.
“Maize, sunflowers, cabbages are some of the crops grown although the region experiences poor rainfall patterns hence reliance on borehole drilling being reinforced while 3 of them are already operational.
“With most Zimbabweans now taking into farming, Boer goats are the way to go to improve on the quality of available goat meat on the market and this is the same in cattle breeds,” he said.
The B& D Range co director added that boer goat projects are for those who have genetics at heart.
Just last year the farm imported 30 Boer goats and now boasts of an increase to 5O boar goats.
Although the ride is not all smooth for the venture though common market, power and land related challenges B&D Ranche maintains its commitment to drive governments’ Vision 2030 agenda.
In line with it’s centre of par excellence vision, the farm embarked on an innovative mechanisation drive that includes spray race, for spraying cattle against disease as well as dairy milking machine and one for effective chemical on crops.
“At the farm my role is purely visionary, sitting with my qualified team to develop strategies and provision of resources then they execute. From there its my dashboard of agreed key performance areas with interval controls,” said the former Zimbabwe Association of Mine Managers youngest president.
Farm produce such as milk and vegetables are sold to local schools and restaurants while Boer goats are periodically sold.