Cloud seeding commences as prolonged dry spell affects crops

By John Nhandara

The meteorological Services Department’s cloud seeding exercise, which started last week, is set to be conducted in all parts of the country in the wake of a prolonged dry spell that has affected most crops.

Cloud seeding involves weather modification that improves a cloud’s ability to produce rain.

Meteorological Services Department weather forecaster, Rosina Chadyiwa told ZBC News that they have already performed cloud seeding in the northern parts of the country and will be moving to the rest of the rest of the country.

“We commenced cloud seeding on the 4th of this month and we have covered the northern parts of the country. Today, we will be covering midlands and the rest of Mashonaland provinces,” she said.

Most crops are suffering from moisture stress and the cloud seeding process is expected to change the situation.

“Obviously, after this process, we are expecting some rains and that will improve the current situation.”

Farmers were this year expecting a bumper harvest, riding on last season’s successful summer cropping season.