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Six Zim provinces need food aid

2011-03-21 14:29

Harare - Six of Zimbabwe's 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country's grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily said on Monday.

"The GMB is holding on to 270 000 metric tons and have to start helping our people," Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told The Herald newspaper.

Zimbabwe needs an estimated 2.2 million tonnes of maize each year.

A government crop assessment carried out in January found that the country had more than two million hectares of maize planted, up from 1.8 million last year, and was expecting to harvest 1.7 million tonnes.

The United Nations has appealed for $415m to feed 1.7 million people this year until the harvest starts in May.

This year Zimbabwe received normal rains at the beginning of the year, but some crops have been written off following a dry spell between February and March.

Since 2000, the southern African nation has faced successive years of food shortages that coincided with controversial land reforms launched by long-time President Robert Mugabe to seize nearly 4 000 white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks.

The programme has combined with poor rains and shortages of seed and fertiliser to force a country once considered the breadbasket of the region to depend on food aid.

Comments
  • porra 1 - 2011-03-21 14:57

    Zim's people continue to vote for president the same monkey quickly and are going to starve. I always thought that the people of Zim had some brains but I was wrong

      Zion - 2011-03-21 15:40

      Porra, wrong. In the last election 2008 they did vote for the correct party but Bob did not particularly like the outcome of the election so he refused to hand over power to Morgan Tjangurai (Spelling)On the other hand Bob was only doing what is done best in Africa. Hanging onto power for dear life even if he came last in the race.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-21 15:01

    Starving? In Zim, no!! I kunt beleeve! At least they are free from western rule, they are economically independant, they are proud of their culture and heritage, they are a booming economy and self sufficient...oh right, that didn't happen either.

      Phil - 2011-03-21 15:24

      Zim most definitely is not self sufficient.

      Felix - 2011-03-22 14:22

      Hunger? We been having it!

  • Francois - 2011-03-21 15:05

    What happened to the bumper crop - did Zuma or Racist Mbeki steal that too?

  • Cyril - 2011-03-21 15:27

    VOTE MDC AND STOP STARVING

  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-21 15:34

    Getting hungry? Knock on Mugabe's door - he's loaded with ill-gotten gains. Whatever happens. I hope the West does not step in, apart from removing Mugabe.

      PMG - 2011-03-21 15:41

      You gotta love those dumbass Zimbo's - Hey,we the people are starving,but dont worry Robert we will still vote for you.I say feed the morons cake.Cant these fools see how to overthrow a megolamaniac dictator.Look north my friends,look north - what a pathetic nation.

  • Serias - 2011-03-21 15:36

    Only one bullet between the eyes....

  • Hungwe - 2011-03-21 15:37

    What they actually need are a few Tomahawk missiles launched from just off the Beira coastline and directed at Robert the Dictator Mugabe's house, the 5th Brigade Barracks, Chiwenga's house, Chihuri's house and the other murdering swines luxury homes built with stolen money and the sweat of the ordinary Zimbabwean. Then with international help and funding, Zimbabwe might be able to start to recover again.

  • Mike - 2011-03-21 15:39

    It is th fault of the Smith government and the colonialist that zim has nothing. I'm amazed they starting to realize no farmer no food. When will they open there eyes to the facts of life in africa give one group power for to long and desaster will follow shortly.

  • fishycraig - 2011-03-21 15:44

    "Since 2000, the southern African nation has faced successive years of food shortages that coincided with controversial land reforms". Coincided? As if there was going to be any doubt this was going to happen. But yes, once more the UN will come in and feed the people and Mugabe will get the vote.

  • tommy 2 - 2011-03-21 15:54

    OH" OOPS, i forgot. The world police is more concerned about LIBYA...... I guess ZIM has to wait there turn. Mr TSAGARAI,YOU SHOULD ANOUNCE that ZIM has discovered OIL, if you want help.

      Kagiso - 2011-03-21 21:07

      the reason why the world is so interested in libya is because it's rich in oil, wat does zimbabwe offer? zimbabwe has no oil for anybody in the international community to break sweat for.

  • Sibusiso Morare - 2011-03-21 15:56

    mike/mpho... wa gafa wena neh....... Zim economically independent?!! where do u get that one from? kante wena o bala ditaba tse difeng???

  • Thingamebob - 2011-03-21 16:13

    The right wing groups must be in their element. More people are dying today than all the bush, liberation wars and appartheid put together. These governments need to be recommended as they have solved over- population, housing, education and unemployment problems. Kill everyone and then they don't have to use their brains to solve these problems.

  • Monica - 2011-03-21 16:58

    Mr. Mugabe; you should have thought about feeding your people before you took the land away from the white man. Look what happened to your farms now. Do not cry now; empty out your store rooms and feed the people of your country and cut down on your wifes shopping sprees overseas!!!!!You should feel ashame of yourself!!!

      Dazza22 - 2011-03-21 18:39

      No no, they must now suffer. They voted for Mugabe, they must not cry now. Just as our lot voted for the ANC, they must and will suffer later. It is the way of Africa. I will not give one cent in food aid for Africa.

  • Ross - 2011-03-21 17:08

    Zimbabwe had a severe drought. It started at the Limpopo river. The World Food Program will render assistance.

  • porra 1 - 2011-03-21 20:03

    hungwe the idea is good but sorry Zim has no oil

  • Kagiso - 2011-03-21 21:10

    the reason why the world is so interested in libya is because it's rich in oil, wat does zimbabwe offer? zimbabwe has no oil for anybody in the international community to break sweat for.

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