Zimbabwean farmers are considering reviewing climate change mitigation strategies in response to the normal and below normal rainfall forecasts predicted for the 2018-19 season.                  

Climate change is posing a threat to the sustainability of socio-economic activities with Zimbabwe also feeling the pinch of the trend.                         

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Assistant Representative in Zimbabwe, Mr David Mfote said following the El Nino weather predictions, Zimbabwe can ride on its command agriculture system with focus on massive irrigation investments as a mitigatory measure.                      

The livestock sector has also been affected by the effects of climate change with the Principal Director for Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Dr Unesu Obatulu saying sustainable policies such as improving animal feed, adequate water availability, increase in nutrient availability and tight diseases control policies are important on the growth of the national livestock sector.

“It is only through sustainable programmes that the nation can prosper,” he added.                     

Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Mr Tafadzwa Musarara said adaptation and mitigation strategies will result in Zimbabwe increasing food security, reducing the food import bill, sustaining budgets and increasing economic growth. 

Climate change is leading to social and economic challenges, experts say Zimbabwe should not lag behind on policies to avoid its effects on industry and commerce.