irrigation-equipment.jpgClimate change experts say recent research has shown the vulnerability of the country’s agricultural sector to climate change, hence the need  for government  to embark on extensive irrigation programmes in most parts of the country as part of comprehensive mitigatory and adaptation measures.

 

Although so much has been said with regards to climate change being one of the major global environmental challenges, little has been done to improve the adaptation of the country to these changes especially in the agricultural sector.

 

Climate change experts agree that there is enough evidence to show that climate change effects have begun hitting hard on the country in the form of changes in the seasons whilst extreme weather conditions such as flooding are more frequent.

 

A lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Dr Amon Murwira, says since research has shown that the agricultural sector is vulnerable, there is need for government and its partners to invest heavily in irrigation programmes considering that the country relies more on rain fed agriculture.

 

“The key adaptation measure that the government can undertake considering the vulnerability of the agriculture is irrigation development. Some of the vibrant irrigation schemes that were destroyed in 2006 during Elnino are still to be repaired. As a nation we really need to work hard,” said Dr Murwira.

 

With the world failing to achieve a binding agreement on how to deal with climate change especially on the reduction of harmful environmental emissions in Copenhagen and Cancun Mexico, environmental expert, Mr Percy Toriro bemoaned the selfishness of developed countries in failing to pay for the damage they have caused to the environment through rapid industrialisation.

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“We have had conferences and meeting on climate change but there is need for the developed countries to be responsible for their actions. They should commit themselves, reduce emissions and pay for the effects being felt especially in Africa,” Mr Toriro said.

Climate change has begun to hit developing countries the hardest.

 

It’s effects including higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels and more frequent weather-related disasters.

 

India, which is usually hot has begun experiencing snows, which could be attributed to climate change while parts of Queensland in Australia were flooded by record heavy rains.

 

For Zimbabwe, droughts have become more frequent hence the need to invest heavily in irrigation.