Crop situation improves: Minister Shiri

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT says the rains being received countrywide have seen the crop situation improving, raising hopes of a better yield than earlier projected.

The national crop and livestock situation, which was affected by a dry spell during the first half of this cropping season, has significantly improved, thanks to the rains being received in various parts of the country.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri confirmed that a National Crop and Livestock Assessment is underway to determine the expected output following the improved rains.

“Generally the crop outlook has improved significantly, the rains have brought life to maize and livestock. My ministry has deployed Agritex Officers teams at ward level to carry crop and livestock assessment which be present to cabinet soon,” he said.

With weather experts predicting more rains, most farmers who took heed of government’s advice to plant traditional grains and other drought-resistant crops are expected to reap a good harvest which will contribute immensely towards food security in the country.

Initially, experts predicted that Zimbabwe would receive normal rains with a bias towards below normal throughout the 2019/20 season. Erratic rains were experienced at the beginning of the season, the rains however increased later in the season and some farmers replanted crops and that has raised hope for better yields.

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Last year the country experienced erratic rains during the beginning of the rainfall season and was later affected by Cyclone Idai-induced floods that killed thousands and destroyed crops.