Government says it still has the hope that crops that had suffered moisture stress due to the dry spell that hit Matabeleland North and other parts of the country recently will recover following the recent rains that have been experienced in the province.
The Governor and Resident Minister for Matabeleland North Province, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu said the while crop situation in the province is not pleasing, it is too early to consider the current crop a complete write off following the recent rains that were experienced in some parts of the province.
She however said government is ready to assist the communal farmers if they fail to obtain a harvest due to natural climatic conditions, adding that there is already a programme under the Ministry of Social Welfare through which the public can be assisted.
Some parts of Matabeleland North province recently experienced some rains, raising hopes that the crops will recover and see farmers obtaining a normal harvest during the summer cropping season.
Most farmers had stopped cultivating their fields as most of their crops had succumbed to moisture stress and a call has already been made to the government so that it can consider setting up irrigation schemes in most parts of the province to ensure that there is adequate water for agricultural activities throughout the year.