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Prolonged Drought Sparks Hunger Fears

Prolonged Drought Sparks Hunger Fears

Zimbabwe may experience food shortages due to a long dry spell that is currently prevailing across the country with reports indicating that some areas did not receive rainfall in the whole month of February.

Farmers’ groups say that even if significant rains are received now, some of the cereals have reached the permanent wilting point.

Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU) president Shadreck Makombe has described the crop situation as “a disaster”. Said Makombe:

The dry spell has disastrously affected farmers. Things are not looking good here.

Most crops as we speak now have wilted because we have not received rain for a long time.

Even if the rains come, they will not recover. It’s really a disaster.

Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) operations director Prince Kuipa said yields could potentially fall by between 30-40%. He said:

It has affected crop growth and development. Most crops are showing signs of wilting and distress.

We anticipate that the production levels of 2021-22 are going to be lowered. But we are going to have a significant loss.

It could be anything around 30-40% that we could lose that crop if dry spells proceed.

Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Climate and Rural Resettlement ministry secretary John Bhasera acknowledged that the 2021/22 summer season has been “tricky”. He said:

These dry spells are the signs and signals that climate change is a real reality. This has been a tricky season because of climate change.

We had a false start to the season but after the false start, it later on started very well, although it was a late-season it’s not a lost season.

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) projected normal to above normal rainfall in both the first and second half of the 2021/2022 cropping season but there has been no meaningful rainfall activity for much of February.

More: NewsDay


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9 Comments

Vybz Kartel aka tml 2 months ago

Pakaipa guys,asi tisanheta kana ku vhiringidzwa ne drought.Mukomana ngaapinde hake.
Vote CCC


Ta@aa 2 months ago

Patichavhota 2023 munamarch nzara inenge yapera vanhu vakuona zvirimuminda saka kunyangwe vakapiwa now pamavhoti vanoziva pekuvhotera vanhu taneta nezanu zvakwana


rova mbira 2 months ago

zim citizen must be yellow in colour. Ukaenda kumusha uchitaura nezvepfubvunza saizvozvo haudzoke. Vanokuseka zuva rose.
Basa ririkuitwa haurione. Irikungoona Nelson chete kkkkkkk


laps 2 months ago

wemuno havatozivi zvavanotaura


Nkust 2 months ago

Ko ve weather ava can we continue to trust them here is it like that world over here kana kty ve weather vemu Zimbabwe havana zvakakwana


The King of Serpents 2 months ago

kkkkk pakaipa. Kutengesa future nekuda kwe 1 plate of sadza and beans dzisina mafuta futi.


Code Nzara Yaruma 2 months ago

Perfect opportunity for some people. Very soon trucks full of maize, mealie meal and beans will be seen heading to the rural areas. Your precious vote for a plate of sadza, handei tone


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The King of Serpents 2 months ago

Guys ino ndiyo nguva yekutenga chibage in bulk moisa mushonga because pamberi apo hupfu huchakwira x2


ZimCitizen 2 months ago

Chaotic farm invasion yakauraya madiridziro(fact). We have plenty of dams in this country which are not being utilized for irrigation. Farming is key to our economy & we need to be serious and professional about it. Admit command pfumvudza is a primitive way of farming and it has failed. Ngatichinjeyi mayitiro else we will continue to be a basket case.



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