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    Midlands to have above normal rains


    NONSIKELELO NGWENYA
    GWERU BUREAU

    GWERU
    – The Midlands Province is likely to have normal to above normal rains in the 2016 to 2017 rain season, a senior Agritex officer has said.
    Midlands Provincial Agritex officer Peter Chamisa said that the province was expecting an average of 650 ml of rainfall which is much higher compared to last year's average of about 500 ml.
    "This year we are expecting a general increase in rainfall for the farming season from last year as we received an average of about 500. This year we are expecting an average an average of 650 ml and above", said Chamisa.
    He however cautioned farmers that some places could receive the same rains as last year.
    "Farmers should however, take note that there could be a dry spell between January and February next year. We therefore encourage farmers to plant season seeds", he said.
     Agritex has stepped up training programmes aimed at improving farmers' timing for the planting of crops in an environment where rainfall patterns are becoming more and more erratic.
    He said Government has also embarked on programmes to support farmers so that they realize good harvests.
    "There is an ongoing special maize product contract which has already started in the province whereby the Government supply farmers with inputs like seeds, herbicides and fertilizers and farmers are expected to produce and feed the nation and export some of the grains," said Chamisa.
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