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Hwange communal farmers worry over wilting crops

Story by Mhlomuli Ncube

Communal farmers in Hwange district have expressed concern over wilting crops as the dry spell persists in most parts of the country.

In an agrarian economy, when the season is sending negative signals, farmers get worried.

For some farmers, the prolonged dry spell is all but destroying their hope as they watch their crops wilting.

“I wonder how things will turn out if we do not get any rains, our crops are now in danger, we have not lost hope though things are going in a direction we don’t like,” said a farmer.

Even for those farmers who plant drought-tolerant small grains, it is not looking good as the heat continues soaring.

“We always plant millet and this is one season where I have witnessed the crop wilting. May the Almighty intervene,” said another farmer.

The government has however put in place measures to ensure that the country is food secure through the climate-proof Pfumvudza/Intwasa farming concept and promoting the use of irrigation.

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