'Farmers must begin agric season preps'

THE Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has urged farmers to start preparing for the upcoming 2017-18 agriculture season in the wake of light showers that fell this week.

The normally arid southern districts of Zimbabwe like Bikita, Zaka, Mberengwa, Mwenezi and Chiredzi have unlikely received some precipitation over the past week and the MSD said farmers there should maximise on the moisture to finalise their land preparation.

He, however, highlighted that the good rains received in the southern parts of the country is not the beginning of the rainy season since the country is going to experience hot and sunny conditions during the end of October.

“The rains being experiencing this week in some parts of the country do not signal the beginning of the 2017-18 farming season,” said MSD weather forecaster, John Mupuro.

Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union executive director Paul Zakaria also encouraged farmers to ready themselves by getting inputs and concluding their land preparations before the rainy season starts.

“This is the period which distinguishes the successful farmer from the rest. So we need every farmer to make sure they prepare adequately going into the season so that they will not be caught offside,” he said.

Weather predictions have revealed the country is expected to receive normal to above normal rains for the upcoming farming season, which should bring positive results in the country’s agricultural sector.

The promise of good rains, which comes on the back of good rains that boosted crop production during the 2016-17 farming season, has been received with much enthusiasm among farmers.

Zimbabwe is in the process of reviving its agriculture sector which has failed to meet the country’s food demand since the turn of the millennium largely due to the disastrous land reform programme and effects of climate change, which have seen temperatures increasingly becoming warmer and warmer.

The country is also aiming to resume farm produce exports, especially of horticultural products such as peas which used to have a huge market demand in Europe.
—Andrew Kunambura


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