Time ripe to combat drought

Whether we like it or not, we are heading for a second consecutive year of drought that will definitely impact negatively on the country's food reserves.

Driving across some parts of the country, particularly the southern part, one is greeted by withered crops in our fields.  You are forced to digest the bitter fact that the majority, if not all of these fields that have become literally cemeteries of dead crops were ploughed using government or taxpayer's money.  Surely it is high time we came up with better strategies to combat these perennial and crippling droughts.

First, it has been established, empirically, that maize is easily affected by water shortages or high temperatures that we are witnessing in this country.  Secondly, it is a known fact that sorghum has the capacity to withstand dry conditions and high temperatures.  Therefore, government departments such as the Meteorological Services Department and the Department of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) must come up with a comprehensive strategy or system on information sharing.

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