Zimbabwean government has warned that the 2018-19 agricultural
season will be a tough one with farmers having so far failed to
adequately make land preparations and to plant crops because of
erratic rains throughout the country.
Besides the season
setting in late, many parts of the country have received little
rains with heavy thunderstorms here and there which have in some
cases left people without shelter.
Herald newspaper reported Saturday that Lands, Agriculture,
Water and Climate Minister Perrance Shiri said in a statement
that the prevailing weather conditions had adversely affected
land preparations, planting and job opportunities for casual
He advised farmers
to plant small grains that are drought resistant and provide
supplementary feeding to livestock, among other precautionary
The official urged
farmers to plant small grains, saying that there would be a 35
percent chance of below normal rains, a 40 percent chance of
normal rains and 25 percent chance of above normal during the
January to March 2019 period.
He urged farmers in
some regions to consider short season maize varieties to
increase chances of getting harvests.
A forecast produced
by the Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum shows
most Sadc countries are likely to receive “normal to
below-normal” rainfall for the period October 2018 to March 2019
with the exception of Tanzania.