In December, almost the whole country received normal to above normal rainfall although poor spatial and temporal distribution was reported in some parts of the country. By end of December, the country had received accumulated seasonal rainfall between 75% and 125% of the long term average and is considered typical. Crop condition in the northern parts of the country was mainly average and mediocre in the southern parts.
The government distributed approximately 66% of maize seed and 88% of basal fertilizer targeted under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme which targets mainly rural communal farmers. The government estimates a 63% increase in area planted under maize and is targeting a production of 3 million tonnes of maize.
On-farm-based casual labour opportunities are gradually improving with the scaling up of farming activities. This is likely to lead to an improvement in income for households who are able to access such opportunities. Livestock condition is fair to good due to an improvement in availability and quality of grazing pastures as well as water.