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At End of Rainy Season, Meteorological Services Department Urges Cloud Seeding

The 2016-17 rainfall season in Zimbabwe officially ends this week, with winter features expected to set in after Friday, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has said.

More rainfall is expected, though relatively light during the month of April.

Despite the good rains received this season, there were areas that had severe prolonged moisture stress.

The hardest hit were those on the leeward side of the Eastern Highlands.

Some Districts in Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East also had inferior harvests due to the relatively poor distribution of the rains.

"Cloud seeding could have made a positive contribution, had it been carried out.

"Accordingly, the department hereby reiterates the need to ensure that cloud seeding remains core to agricultural production until irrigation takes over.

"It is hoped that it gets the support it deserves," said MSD.

edward stojakovic

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