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Aug. 6, 2021

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Farmers advised to gear up for summer cropping

Farmers advised to gear up for summer cropping

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THE Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has advised local farmers to prepare for the coming summer cropping by ensuring that their equipment as well as other related resources are ready.

According to the ministry’s Chief Information Officer, Lereko Masupha, the farmers are expected to commence from August to November.

Those based in the country’s highlands are advised to start before the end of the month with those in the lowlands warned to begin in October.
This season, Mr Masupha said is ideal for crops like maize, beans and sorghum, adding that in certain dry regions especially in the southern region of Lesotho including Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek, growing sorghum is more suitable.

The climate outlook from the Lesotho Meteorological Services (LMS) states that normal to above normal rainfall is expected countrywide between October 2021 and March 2022 with normal to above normal temperatures.
 

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The country is expected to receive normal to below normal rains for the period between August and September, while there is a likelihood of normal to above normal rains countrywide from October 2021 to March 2022.
The dry episodes are still anticipated between the good rains, with normal temperatures anticipated from August to March and high chances of rising above average. LeNA
 

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