|Crops a write-off in Hwange|
|Wednesday, 13 January 2016 18:47|
Communal farmers in Hwange have written off the crops that were planted during the 2015/2016 agricultural season despite the weekend rains that were experienced in some parts of Matabeleland North province.
A snap survey carried out by the ZBC News in some parts of Hwange revealed that most crops are a complete write off.
So bad is the situation that some farmers now let their livestock feed on the crops as there is no hope of recovery.
Communal farmers are worried about their livestock and fear that they will lose most of their beasts by the end of August if the rainfall situation remains erratic.
The Director of Climate Change in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mr Washington Zhakata, urged farmers to conserve food and come up with strategies to establish water reserves as the water table is decreasing.
The current farming season has been characterised by low and erratic rainfall, dashing all hopes of any harvests in many areas.
Farmers are now hoping that there will be enough rains for the survival of livestock to the next farming season.