Farmers in Dambashoko in Gwanda say if the rains that pounded various parts of the country this weekend continue, their late planted crop could be salvaged.

Just when all hope had been lost among farmers in various parts of the province, the heavens opened at the weekend, bringing a sense of relief to farmers who planted their crops at the end of December.

Farmers in Dambashoko under Chief Mathe said while the series of heat waves experienced this January had resulted in crops suffering moisture stress, they could harvest enough to feed their families from the late planted crop.

Other farmers whose crops are now a total write off said they are hoping the rains will improve dam levels and pastures for their livestock.

Agriculture experts in the province have been encouraging farmers to stagger their planting times due to the unpredictable weather patterns.