A decade ago Cyprian Nhamburo was pondering divesting from his transport business and plunging into the unknown world of breeding pure Brahman cattle .
In the year 2007 Zimbabwe’s economy had virtually collapsed and hyperinflation had decimated the local currency. The preceding year a political crisis would further worsen the economic situation and left the country on the brink of total failure.
However, it is in these times when most people see challenges and difficulties, the brave see opportunities.
Nhamburo who is a beneficiary of the country’s land reform and was allocated a 12 hectare plot in Snakeworld just outside Harare bought 40 herd of pure Brahman cattle to kick-start his business.
From that Nhamburo had set out himself to be a breeder of Brahman heifers, bulls and cows and his crowning moment came last at the Harare Agricultural Show when he took the overall prize for cattle breeders.
“I used to be in the transport business but sometime in 2007 I decided to sell some of my buses and bought 40 Brahman cattle at once and since then I have not looked back. In 2008 I had about 73 cattle and in 2010 I then disposed of the remaining buses I had left and became a full time cattle breeder”.
Nhamburo say his business has grown from strength to strength and he now boosts of a 230 pure Brahman cattle herd at his Snakeworld plot while another 190 cattle herd resides at an Mvurwi farm he now rents.
“This is a business but I equally have a passion for it hence the success I am now enjoying. My Snakeworld plot is now too small for my business so I had to look for another farm in Mvurwi”.
He says every year in June he place on the market 150 heifers and bulls are available throughout the years.
“I’m battling to satisfy the market and I look forward to grow the business and in the next three to four years hope to have herd of over 800 pure Brahman breeds. People should understand that this business requires one to be patient before the results are reaped.Once the cattle start giving birth you are assured of at least one calf year”