Met department speaks on climate
Meteorological services department says as the rainy season approaches, normal to below normal rains are expected an indication of a high possibility the country could experience a drought.
In an interview with Khulumani news, Bulawayo provincial Chief Meteorological Officer, Chiposi Ngulube said farmers should consider cultivating small grains such as sorghum, millet, rapoko and legumes that are drought resistant.
He advised farmers to work with their local Agritex officers and make use of the ten day weather forecast that will be availed from mid October.
The met department said farmers must consider dry planting together with other moisture conservation farming systems for them to be able to realise a reasonable yield.
Mr Ngulube also spoke of the need for water harvesting methods to conserve the little water that farmers may get from the rains for both domestic and farming purposes given that the semi-arid tropics that include Matebeleland North and South, parts of Midlands and Masvingo are likely to be the hardest hit by the climate change weather induced phenomenon.