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Hunger looms as Zim says has no cash for grain

2014-01-15 11:59

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Cape Town – The Zimbabwean government has reportedly admitted it doesn’t have enough money to buy grain at a time when the country is faced with serious food shortages.

According to newzimbabwe.com, Acting Principal Director in the Department of Social Services Sydney Mhishi told a Parliamentary committee that the money disbursed by Treasury for the whole year was only enough to buy 2 600 metric tons of grain against a monthly requirement of 10 000 tons.

An estimated two million people require food assistance in Zimbabwe, the highest in four years, following a drought and poor harvest.

Of late, the country has been counting on imports of 150 000 tons of maize from South Africa.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made last week confirmed the country had received close to 700 tons of maize from SA and that more grain was expected.

Reports in the past have also indicated that hundreds of people in the country’s rural areas were surviving on wild fruit amid intensifying hunger.

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