Urban farmers happy with bumper harvest

As much of the country reels from drought, urban farmers here are happy with their bumper maize harvests.

“My harvest is enough to last my family of five until the next harvest,” said Fungai Hwenjere of Dombotombo.

He said he would not deliver anything to the Grain Marketing Board due to corruption at the parastatal and delays in payments.

The bumper harvests have, however, not been welcomed by shop owners who have lost business.

“Mealie meal sales have taken a dive following the huge maize crop harvests. We used to sell 30 10kg packets of mealie-meal per day, but now we can go for days if not weeks without selling any,” said Stephen Maisiri, a local shop owner. Non Governmental Organisations involved in food relief programmes have predicted that at least 2.8 million people would need urgent food aid up to the next harvest. Although some Zanu (PF) governors were banning NGO relief activities in their provinces, government acknowledged that not less than three million people needed food aid.

The bumper harvest came as a blessing for the urbanites as they are not catered for by food relief efforts.

“We appreciate the good harvest since government and NGOs would normally cater for the economically vulnerable groups when providing food relief. In the rarest of cases, when government provided drought relief food it would be on political grounds,” said Marian Murimi.

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