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30 Percent Of Maize Crop Written Off

30 Percent Of Maize Crop Written Off

30 per cent of the maize crop in Manicaland Province has been written off following a prolonged dry spell while 50 per cent of the crop is at the temporary wilting point and needs meaningful rains by mid-next week to be resuscitated.

Manicaland last received meaningful rains on 4 February and as a result, even drought-tolerant small grains are succumbing to the heatwave.

Manicaland Provincial Agritex Officer, Philipa Rwambiwa, told The Manica Post that in Mutare and Buhera districts, lower parts of Chipinge, as well as the western parts of Chimanimani and Mutasa, most of the maize crop has reached the permanent wilting point. She said:

As we speak, about 30 per cent of the maize crop has been written off. It has reached the permanent wilting point, and even it rains now that crop cannot be salvaged.

Even the traditional grains that are more tolerant to these conditions are also being affected.

We require rainfall as soon as yesterday as the crops are not looking very good.

Temporary wilting happens when it gets hot and the crop shows signs of wilting, but when it’s sunset and early in the morning, it gets back to normal.

At this point, 50 per cent of the remaining crop can be resuscitated, but the yield will be reduced.

Crops at this point can still be rejuvenated if it rains between now and early next week.

Only 20 per cent of the province’s crops, including those under irrigation, are in good condition. The crops in Natural Region One are still good.

Regions One and Two cover some parts of Headlands, Odzi, Vumba, Nyazura, parts of Nyanga, Mutasa and upper Chipinge.

More: The Manica Post


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13 Comments

dhimba 2 months ago

inganaye sei Crocy achida kupedza vanhu ve ccc kuraya Mwari vtsamwa


2 months ago


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Next its water rationing, I wonder where the above normal rain we read about is?


Deep Thinker 2 months ago

While other SADC countries are investing in new models of agri-tech to improve production. Zimbabwe is encouraged on primitive methods i.e pfumvudza. Before adopting these outdated methods one needs to inculcate factors such as climate change which has increased the occurrence of the almost perenial draughts.Now that mfumvudza is failing, what comes next? are we going to research on stone age methods or appreciate the utility of pivot and drip irrigation systems which are reliable?.


🙄 2 months ago

30% is an understatement. Taurirai nyika chokwadi.


Munya 2 months ago

Kuno kwasadza minda yese yakaoma ma1 guyz


ZimCitizen 2 months ago

These thugs destroyed the irrigation infrastructure that complimented natural rain. The country has gone to the dogs and needs a complete administration overhaul.


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factos 2 months ago

even rains imposed sanctions to us all because of ZANU PF


Edna 2 months ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pakaipa

Never 2 months ago

If it doesn't rain soon we will all die


Maontso 2 months ago

Muchafa nenzara vana mboko..... mvura inonareyi muchirambidza vamwe kuita ma rally....


NATO THE TRAITOR 2 months ago

Igaroziva kuti Gore re ma elections inzara yega yega


dumbu 2 months ago

ko hanti makati pfumvudza , haina basa nemvura



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