Friday, February 14, 2014

Heavy rains threaten Zimbabwe's household food security

Tendayi Nyahuye and Farai Rugeje in via the Herald (Harare):  Heavy rains received this month have impacted negatively on the food security of households after destroying crops in most parts of the country. Floods have been experienced in low-lying areas like Chivi, Masvingo and Tsholotsho, but the worst hit is the Tokwe-Mukosi area where the water in the dam has risen to dangerous levels.

The Zimbabwe Farmer's Union second vice president Mr Abdul Nyathi said most crops such as maize, potatoes and cow peas have been swept away.

"The continued rains have affected smallholder farmers in areas such as Murehwa, Muzarabani and Dande whose fertiliser and manure have been washed downstream.

"There could be hope for most farmers if they get Government assistance such as loans to acquire fertiliser to apply to their crops. Fertiliser is scarce and expensive in the country and is not affordable to small-scale farmers," he said....

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