WITH SEKURU TAURAI
Am back again with the same topic of maize sadza with some calling it ‘’jembi’’ while claiming that this name came from the initials GMB, Dura reChibhoraniland which of course is mostly associated with maize. What I want to focus on this time is the quality of today’s sadza, jena muponesi or jembi. You see, the maize sadza people are consuming these days is so different from the sadza we used to eat during our old good days. My dying memory tells me that there was this maize variety that was called R52 or something like that. This variety was very tall and produced long cobs that had quite big seeds compared to the sometimes tiny ones that we have now. The jena muponesi that we ate then had a beautiful and tantalizing aroma that you could smell some good metres away while it was being cooked and it was very tasty. It was the same with the maputi as you could tell from a distance that someone was roasting maize even when you were using the hot soil or rufuse from below a ground fire.
Push the Fast-forward button and fast track to the present moment. What you will currently see in Chibhoraniland is a plethora of different maize seeds from numerous legal seed companies and fake seed producers out to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting farmers. The problem now is that the sadza made from these multiple seed varieties is quite tasteless, more so if you buy the maize mealie meal from the supermarket as millers would have extracted some of the best components from the seeds to make other profitable products. Of course most Chibhoraniland citizenry continue to prefer jena muponesi but not because of its nice taste but rather as an addiction. The other thing that happens here is that this sadza will become very hard in a very short time soon after cooking and will be even harder when you try to eat it the following day as munya, something that we used to enjoy with milk as breakfast.`
On another note, much as we appreciate research and production of new seed varieties, the supersonic speed at which we are doing this in Chibhoraniland is just too much. We are ending up with so many different seed companies introducing so many different varieties of maize seed literally every year. This, that and that and that seed company will be pushing their innumerable seed varieties as the best for this and that region to such an extent that farmers easily end up confused especially kwedu kuno, rural of the rural kumachonyonyo. In the face of climate change they will claim that their seeds are drought resistant or will not be attacked by these and those pests. Seed production is now big business and the competition is quite stiff but are the customers getting the right seeds that will give them nutritious and tasty sadza? Ndazvitaura, ndichazvitaurazve ini Sekuru venyu Taurai.