Nobody quite known what the loss might be to Rhodeis, due to the continuing drought conditions over a large part of the country.
Sixty miles from Salisbury this former in replanting twenty acres of tobacco for about the third time, following a heavy downpour last night. If more rains fall, then he could turn his certain loss, into an break even result. Africans hard at work putting in the new seedlings which will in two months be ready for reaping..
OUTSIDE KAROI, more seedlings are planted. A shot also of a maize field, almost barren, with a good crop in a water hole, a complete write off.
Further out in the country, maize that should be three feet high by this date is small and stunted, it might develop having had a little rain, and the African women keep the land clean to give it a chance....
On the grazing side, these head of cattle have for some time been grazing on an adjoining farmers land, who had better conditions, hence their first class appearance, but they are now back on their home farm, with very scarce feeding faculties. In Rhodesia, one head of cattle needs four acres of land to live on in a year, good land too. which means that there must be an abundance of good grazing to keep several hundreds of head, and a large land area... this far, is 1500 acres..
Shots also show the farmer looking at a tobacco seedling that was given up for dead, but which still had a good root after six-weeks. but which would not mature enough to do any good. And the land which should have tobacco three feet high, has virtually nothing....
Dams in some places have dropped so much that they cannot provide adequate water for crops... this one has gone down nine feet, and its only use is for a few small fish.
Fortunately for Rhodesia, there are good stocks of maize, which is a primary food for the Africans and these giant silos are full, with great attacks of maize in house like structures piled up alongside....many of these against silo complexes exist outside towns and villages....
On a farm in the Karioi area of Rhodesia, Africans sing and dance for rain to come.......
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Background: Nobody quite known what the loss might be to Rhodeis, due to the continuing drought conditions over a large part of the country. Should good rains come now, and continue over a period, it is possible that some farmers will recoup some of the losses. In many case they might break even, but many could suffer a complete loss on this years crops...