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Amos Mpofu

Horticulture Farmer

Zambia

What most impressed the professional colleagues who nominated this role model?

Amos Mpofu is a highly successful horticulture farmer.  Beginning with only hand watering from buckets on a 200 square meter plot, he has progressed to over 6 hectares of high-value crops.  He has invested in diesel pumps and drip irrigation system.  Growing the finest hybrid tomato seedlings from a local agribusiness supplier, he sells over 220 boxes of tomatoes each day to the Lusaka market.     

What motivated you to pursue a career in agriculture?

  • My father was a farmer and that motivated me to take agriculture as a career.
  • I learned how to do gardening from my father in the early 1990s. Then in 1998 I started my own garden (10 meters by 20 meters) with the help of the grandparents of my wife who gave me fertilizer. The vegetable I grew first was rape. From there my business has progressed to over 6 hectares. 

 How can agricultural education institutions more effectively prepare African students for successful agribusiness careers? 

  • No suggestions. 

Career highlights

  • Horticulture farmer, with high volume, high quality and high value.

Educational background

  • Primary school:                     
    • Chalimbana Primary School.
    • Mikango Primary School.
  • Secondary school:     
    • Luangwa Secondary School, grade 9.