Planting season declared over
Written by Skyz Metro FM on January 26, 2024
By Andile Mvundla
The 2023/24 planting window for crops such as maize, traditional grains, soya beans, tobbaco and cotton is said to be over, due to continuous drop in temperarures that are beginning to be experienced across different regions in the country.
The heat intensity which is said to be vital in crop yield determination ,has started to drop hence halting the farming activities in the country.
Speaking in an interview, Acting Director for Crops Production, Mr Leonard Munamati said some of the closings are due to deadlines.
“The closure of the planting season is not only because of drop in temperatures but crops such as Tobbaco are regulated by the law and the government had set 15 January as the deadline for tobbaco planting for this season”, said Munamati.
Mr Munamati urged farmers to shift their focus to best agronomic practices of pest and weed control as well as conserving moisture in the soil, while wheat farmers were also encouraged to start preparing the land for winter farming.