zim maize.jpgThe Meteorological Services Department says the country should brace itself for a prolonged dry spell as a tropical cyclone which hit Mozambique will have an adverse effect on the flow of precipitation into Zimbabwe.

While some parts of the country continue to receive normal rainfall, other areas across the country have been hit by a dry spell that has left acres of crops especially maize a write off.

A senior meteorological officer, Mr Jonathan Chifuna says it is unfortunate that due to tropical cyclone Erena, which hit neighbouring Mozambique, the country is likely to experience a prolonged dry spell.

According to reports from various parts of the country, areas such as Chivi in Masvingo, parts of Matebeleland Provinces and other drought prone regions, possibilities of drought are now imminent.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made has already indicated that crops in various districts can be declared a write off.

The situation is further worsened by the fact that even in those areas where the crop is in a fair state, the critical shortage of top dressing fertiliser remains a worrying issue that could impact negatively on yield and national crop output.