By Dumisani Nyoni
Plumtree, October 27, 2016 – PLUMTREE border town and Tsholotsho on Wednesday were hit by a hailstorm but no destruction of the property was recorded, the Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe has said.
According to the Met Matabeleland South Provincial officer, Rodgers Hugh Munyira, Plumtree received rainfall measuring 25mm and it was mainly hailstorm.
Other areas which were also hit by hailstorm are Ndolwane in Plumtree and Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North province.
Plumtree residents on Thursday told RadioVOP that the hailstorm lasted for more than an hour and a half.
“We however thank God that our properties were not destroyed,” Plumtree Combined Residents and Development Association chairperson, Richard Khumalo said.
Khumalo said the surrounding water bodies were now full.
He said residents were busy preparing land to grow maize and sweet potatoes in little land portions on which they have grown maize for years.
“As I speak, residents are busy tilling the land as they say there is no time to waste. Life in this town has become hard since many big businesses have closed,” he said.
Urban farming has been common practice among most towns and cities in the country.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), more than 800 million people around the world practise urban agriculture and it has helped cushion them against rising food costs and insecurity.
However, the UN agency also warns that the number of hungry people has risen to over one billion globally, with the “urban poor being particularly vulnerable.”