Crops in Matabeleland South province continue to suffer from moisture stress as a result of poor rains being experienced in the region.

Farmers in Kezi, Gwanda and Insiza have already abandoned their early planted crop which is looking beyond redemption due to poor rains that also heavily affected germination.

Equally under strain are dams whose levels have receded while the underground water table has also sunk leading to the drying of boreholes.

This has seen an increase in the shortage of portable water given that most people in the dry regions of the country depend on borehole water for the sustenance of life, including animals.

Farmers in the semi-arid region of the province receive very little rainfall and depend on livestock.

However, the shortage of stock-feed during a time when the pastures are poor is also worsening the situation.