Zimbabwe faces 1m ton maize deficit

2012-04-13 12:13

Special Report

No going back on Zim indigenisation policy – minister
No going back on Zim indigenisation policy – minister

Zimbabwe’s newly appointed minister of youth development, indigenisation and economic empowerment Patric Zhuwawo says there is no going back in the country’s controversial indigenisation programme, according to a report.

Harare - Zimbabwe will suffer a one million ton maize deficit due to drought, after nearly half of the national crop now coming up for harvest has failed, state media said on Friday.

"Forty five percent of maize that was planted this season is a write-off," Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said in The Herald newspaper.

Made said the country has 400 000 tons of maize stocks, which must be complemented by imports to prevent hunger in the southern African country.

Zimbabwe needs 2.2 million tons of the staple grain maize to feed itself annually.

In the 1990s, Zimbabwe was a net exporter of maize before disastrous land reforms led by President Robert Mugabe which removed more than 4 000 white commercial farmers from their land to resettle with everyone from black peasant farmers to political elites.

Since then Zimbabwe has failed to meet its food requirements.

The World Food Programme is currently giving food to one million Zimbabweans, mainly the extremely poor who depend on farming to survive.

The United Nations has already appealed for $488m in food aid for Zimbabwe for last year and the first months of this year.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

It is time to focus on your daily rhythm. Are you putting too much attention on future projects and neglecting the day to day...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.