The increased selling of land for residential stands in Domboshava is killing its tomato business.
Domboshava is famous for producing tomatoes which are sold by farmers in Mbare Musika.
However, the prevalent selling of land for stands by residents is slowly killing the industry according to a research by the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reductions.
“Individualised land transactions in Domboshava have resulted in change of land use.
“As a result of the land sales, the commons and arable land reserved for peasant farming are slowly degenerating into residential spaces.
“The traditional hallmark for survival of most tribal households of Domboshava- the vlei gardens- is turning into residential spaces,” it says.
As a result, Domboshava is losing its title as the ‘Tomato Kingdom’.
For a long time Domboshava has been known for its horticultural production.
It provides Harare and surrounding areas much of leaf vegetables and tomatoes.
However it is facing an upsurge in the number people buying land for residential stands.
Most of the migrants are coming from nearby Harare which is failing to provide them stands.