Farmers urged to prepare for El Niño to trigger record-high temperatures

IWMI and CIMMYT warn of changing climate patterns in South Africa.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center have issued a warning about changing climate patterns in South Africa. While the country has experienced an unusually wet winter, experts predict a hot and dry summer due to El Niño conditions. This could significantly impact agriculture, particularly in the Limpopo river basin, where lower rainfall and higher temperatures are expected, potentially leading to decreased crop yields and increased environmental stress. Farmers are urged to adopt drought-tolerant seeds, fire prevention measures, and water conservation technologies to mitigate the effects of the impending El Niño.

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