Severe bread shortages to come

HARARE - An international organisation that monitors food supply trends has warned that Zimbabwe faces severe bread shortages this year predicting that the country's wheat harvest will fall below 35 percent of the national requirements.
In its latest report for July which was released this wee


k, the United States-based Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), said Zimbabwe will harvest about 135 000 metric tonnes of wheat, higher than last year’s120 000 metric tonnes.
But the harvest will still fall short as it will only be enough to cover about 34 percent of the country’s national requirements.
FEWSNET said they expected President Robert Mugabe’s government to cover the
deficit through wheat imports. Zimbabwe needs at least 400 000 metric tonnes of wheat per annum for national consumption.
Although the Harare authorities had earmarked 110 000 hectares to be put under the wheat crop this winter, only 57 000 hectares have been planted as the chaos in the agriculture sector continued. – ZimOnline

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