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Abnormal Dry Spell, Floods Cripple Zimbabwe Crop Season

  • Tatenda Gumbo

Crops are wilting in most parts of Zimbabwe due to the current dry spell.

Crops are wilting in most parts of Zimbabwe due to the current dry spell.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) says although the food security situation remains stable in Zimbabwe conditions will change in the coming months as the rains have disappeared at a critical time.

FEWSNET says acute food insecurity is projected through June with production likely affected by the late start of the season.

There was a nearly three-week late season start, followed by abnormal dryness in the northern Zimbabwe and heavy rainfall which resulted in flooding, damaged crops and dwindling food stocks for some households.

Media and Communications Officer at the United Nations World Food Programme, Tomson Phiri, said the organization is gearing to assist those who may not have enough food after the current season.

And agricultural expert Mandla Nkomo said the whole southern African region faces a serious food deficit this year because of poor rains.

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