The dry spell that has been experienced in most parts of the country has affected the current crop with some of it now a complete right off in some parts of Matabeleland North province.

The 2017/2018 summer cropping season has been characterised by erratic rainfall which has seen some parts of the country experiencing prolonged dry spells.

In some parts of Umguza, Lupane, Insuza and Hwange, crops have succumbed to moisture stress and farmers are considering replanting if they receive enough rains in their respective areas.

So bad is the situation that some communal farmers feel they now need assistance as they have no financial resources to buy inputs for replanting.

The Meteorological Services Department predicted a normal to above normal rainfall during the second half of the season but communal farmers are worried if they will be able to obtain adequate harvest this season.