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Some respite for rain-starved farmers in Zambia

The southern parts of Zambia have finally received rain.

Southern Province Agriculture Coordinator Max Choombe said the survival of the rain-fed crops will depend on the amount of rainfall received in coming weeks.

“The province recorded good rainfall in the last week, and it is expected this will continue for the next month,” said Choombe.

The central and southern parts of Zambia have experienced a prolonged dry spell. “We are going to salvage some crops depending on the amount of rain we get in the coming weeks,” says Choombe. However, some farmers told Africanfarming.com that their crops are beyond salvage.

“The entire maize field is completely gone. Everything is dry,” lamented Rodwell Mweemba, one of the affected farmers.

Also read: Serious crop damage as dry spell persists in Zambia

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