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Dry Spells Can Be Managed On Farms

Situations that are extraordinary require equally extraordinary measures to curb, contain and buffer. It is very important for farmers to create a safety net around their farms to reduce the impact of a persistent dry spell like the one Zimbabwe was facing until the current heavenly outburst.The basic, but simple, plan for every farm should be concentrated on two major aspects of drought mitigation for the ordinary farmer - soil and water conservation, and herd management covering both crop and animal growers.

Soil and water conservation practices help in reducing the impact of a dry spell, cutting back on the disruption of the soil structure, composition and natural biodiversity. This reduces soil erosion, surface run off, degradation and water pollution. The best approach for soil and water conservation practices is through agronomic and soil engineering concepts.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Campaign

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