The Kwekwe district, in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province, is a well-known maize and wheat farming belt, but Sam Gomba has embarked on a journey to avoid the region's traditional cash crops for passion fruit. He is cultivating 10 hectares but is opening more land so that he has at least 15 hectares under passion fruit by 2024.
Gomba graduated with a Bachelor of Technology, Mechanical and Production Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 1992 but saw it wise to diversify into farming. According to Anglistone Sibanda, the chief executive officer of Green Afrique Technologies, Gomba's pilot project has been quite a success.
Better known as granadilla, passion fruit is a highly nutritious tropical plant that traces its origins to South America. It is a rich source of powerful antioxidants and has various health benefits.