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Met office rules out drought

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The Meteorological Services Department says farmers must expect normal rainfall to start this week.

Head of public services at the department, Tich Zinyemba, said the rainfall season usually starts from about the middle of November and farmers should not worry about drought yet.

“The rainfall season usually starts from mid-November and therefore expectations are that we should begin to see more rain from about now,” Zinyemba said.

“In fact, beginning this weekend into early next week, there should be a huge improvement in the rainfall situation across the country.”

According to Zinyemba, much of the country has received some rain to date with eastern and central parts having received the highest rainfall.

He said Rusape had so far received 147 millimeters since the beginning of the season. Macheke recorded 118 millimeters with Acturus having 110 millimeters.

But Matabeleland provinces, Masvingo and south of Mashonaland West had received below normal rainfall.

“No evidence has come to the attention of the Meteorological Services Department suggesting that 2012 will be a drought year,” he said.

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