Implementation of conservative methods of farming and planting of drought resistant crops is said to be key in boosting food security in Zimbabwe.

This comes as the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) predicts normal to below normal rainfall pattern for the 2018 to 2019 farming season.

The predictions by the MSD must assist farmers in planning for the coming agricultural season.

Renowned agronomist Mr Ivan Craig said proper planning and implementation of advice from experts is key in boosting food security in Zimbabwe.

“If the advice by the Met Department is to be considered by all progressive farmers, food security is guaranteed,” he said adding that there are a number of crops that can be used to complement the staple food.

The introduction of the command farming programme in Zimbabwe has played a pivotal role in ensuring food security and for the past two farming seasons most households managed to produce more than enough for their families through the support by the government.