Climate change to affect crop yield in Southern Africa

By Climate Change Reporter

The current climate change setting witnessed in different parts of the globe is likely to see some parts in Southern Africa experiencing another drought spell season this year.

From the realities of Cyclone Idai in parts of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi , the likelyhood of drought seasons are likely to pose threats of food insecurity in the Southern African nations.

Zimbabwe has had a slow start of its rain season and this has been clearly evidenced by the existing crop and livestock situation in Matabeleland South province.

As of now water bodies have remained relatively empty and has remained critical with little or no improvements recorded in terms of pastures and in some cases, the farmers have failed to plant.

According to Agricultural Extension Services officer, Ms Simangaliphi Ngwabi reiterated that little rains have been recorded with some areas pesisting on drier conditions.

As a matter of urgence a crop and livestock assessment exercise will be needed to be done for better informed planning.

“We have missed planting targets for major crops including maize where we have planted a total of 12 727 hectares against a projected 120 000hactres,” she siad.
“For sorghum, we have only managed 4615 hectares yet we had set a target of 35 000 hectares, millet we have 4777 hectares against a target of 40 000 hectares, finger millet only 663 hectares against 50 000 hectares.

“Additionally we missed targets on groundnuts where we have 3000 hectares planted versus 20 000 hectares, cowpeas, 1950 planted against a target of 20 000 hectares and for bambara nuts, we planted 2210 hectares against a projected 15 000hactres,” she added.

The current predicament now calls for urgent strategic mitigation actions to help humans survive the conditions

Tendai Guvamombe