FARMERS have been urged not to panic over the prolonged dry spell which is expected to come to an end next week.
The recent dry spell has sent farmers into panic mode but the Meteorological Services Department says it should not raise alarm as the rains are on the horizon.
Meteorological Services Department Meteorologist, Mr Benjamin Kwenda gave an update of the rainfall forecast, saying the dry spell is expected to come to an end next week.
“We expect that the dry spell is expected to come to an end next week in some places so yes there is hope for farmers. There is no need to panic,” said Kwenda
An agronomist and ARDA Board Chairperson, Mr Ivan Craig added his voice saying it is too early to panic.
“We are encouraging our farmers not to panic over the dry spell being experienced in our country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the benefits of Pfumvudza/Intwasa farming concept in the preservation of moisture are beginning to bear fruit.
“At the moment we have observed that plants grown under Pfumvudza are growing better in terms of moisture content,” said Mr Craig.
more than 2,4 million households are targeted for the Pfumvudza programme this summer cropping season compared to the 1,5 million which were rolled out last year. Participants have to prepare up to five plots with conservation tilling as the condition to getting inputs.
The Meteorological Services Department projected normal to above normal rainfall for this summer cropping season and government has since distributed free inputs under the Pfumvudza /Intwasa programme. *Zbcnews*