Friday , November 27 2020

Zimbabwe farmers call for help to relieve drought effects



Zimbabwean farmers are seeking funds to irrigate their land, hoping to fight back the possible drought of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Food and Drug Administration says drought-induced drought in El Niño is repeated more often and could affect food security.

At the Mogoto farm, about 40 km north of Harare, a tractor lands before the rainy season, expected at any time.

But on another nearby ranch, 59 Tsitsi Marjorie Makaya focuses on raising her chickens.

"We can not do irrigation, we do not have money to set up the irrigation system, the money to buy pipes, electricity, we have no money, we only managed to drill and so we water our garden." We can not put the whole lot under irrigation because we do not have All the necessary equipment, "said Maka.

A farmer of fifty-nine, Tsitsi Marjorie Makaya, works on her farm in the Mazowe area, about 40 km north of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on 12 November 2018. (C Mavhunga / VOA)

When asked if she was aware of the predicted El Nino drought, a former pig said that it was beyond the control of people.

"There is nothing we can do about it, all we say is that the rain belongs to God, sometimes they say there is not much rain and we end up having a lot of rain." Since we started living here in 2000, we had no problems with rain. Be challenges with rain, but never in this region, "said Makaya.

But Patrick Kormahawa, head of the Food and Drug Administration in South Africa says depending on rain farming and land in the continent is not a better idea.

"El Nino is here to stay, all the countries where agriculture relies on rain agriculture, we believe Member States need to see how they can best invest in irrigation schemes, for example here in Zimbabwe, we worked with the government to rehabilitate 34 irrigation schemes that shows a huge improvement in productivity Farmers, "he said.

Patrick Kormawa, head of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in South Africa, photographed here in Hare, Zimbabwe, on November 12, 2018, says that rainforest farming on the continent is not a better idea (C. Mavhunga / VOA)

Kormawa said even small animal irrigation programs improve food and income security in countries where agriculture is the backbone of the economy.

A FAO official said with irrigation schemes the effects of the forms will be reduced to guaranteed food security.


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