FARMERS across the country have been urged to use the current dry spell to continue planting short-season varieties and Pfumvudza/Intwasa cotton until mid-January next year.
While the first half of the 2021/22 summer cropping season was characterised by scattered low rainfall patterns, the Meteorological Services Department is predicting that the second half will be associated with a prolonged wet spell.
Chief Agronomist in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Rutendo Nhongonhema, revealed that a prolonged wet spell as a result of the Elina condition will hit the country starting this Wednesday.
“Predictions by the Met Department points a second cropping season characterised with Elina. This according to Met Department the rains are expected to start this Wednesday 29 and the rains are likely to prolong.’’
Nhongonhema urged farmers to continue planting until mid-January but emphasised planting short term varieties.
“Farmers are encouraged to continue planting until the 15 of next month. The farmers should choose short-season variates and other crops like sweet potato. Was speaking to Met Department and they predicted that Elina will start this second half of the season. So farmers are urged to use the current period to plant. Cotton farmers are urged to intensify their planting.’’
The Meteorological Services Department has predicted normal to above rains throughout the season, but the situation has proved otherwise with weather experts saying the second half of the season is likely to bring more rains for farming.