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MSD forecasts low rainfall, heat this week

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THE Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has projected relatively low rainfall activity and some heat this week and advised farmers to work closely with their local Agritex officers before they start planting.

MSD’s head of forecasting James Ngoma said: “We have had significant falls across much of the country with areas around Murambinda receiving 102mm, Nyanga (78mm), Bikita (50mm), Buhera (42mm), Marondera (37mm), Lupane (33mm) and Nembudziya (30mm).

"The moisture that is present in the atmosphere is not able to be sustained during this week where we expect less precipitation across the country, with mostly sunny conditions prevailing in most areas. We still advise those taking on farming activities during this period to keep hydrated because the sun will be hot towards the end of this week."

He urged farmers to consult Agritex officers before planting so that they can get advice on the right crops to plant. Matabeleland North provincial agronomist Zenzele Ndlovu said farmers should stagger their crops starting with traditional grains that are drought tolerant.

“Those who have received effective rains can start planting; those doing the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme should ensure mulching. They should stagger their crops, and those that have received less rainfall should start with traditional grains since their areas are in the dry region,’’ Ndlovu said.

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