Zimbabwe faces 1m ton maize deficit

2012-04-13 12:13

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.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-13 12:28

    You go bob you have done a sterling job of running zimbobwe into the ground

      Mark - 2012-04-13 13:55

      Yes, well done Bob. Quite remarkable feat this. Very hard to turn a land of abundance into a Basket-State. A Beggar-Nation in fact.

      dbwititi - 2012-04-13 15:19

      reread the storry again, its a drought doggy

      Mark - 2012-04-13 21:52

      Yes and Zambian Commercial farmers produce so much they export. Some drought!

  • Greg - 2012-04-13 12:31

    So why are we being told this, is it to sensitise us to the fact that we must now get used to the fact that we are now going to feed Zimbabwe?

      Rvn - 2012-04-13 12:49

      How will we be able to feed ZIM when our own farmers are being murdered. In the last 7 days there have been 3 farm murders and noting being done about it... No farmers = no food. Soon we wont be able to feed our own.

      dbwititi - 2012-04-13 15:21

      can u honestly a feed us all mr greg. spare yo food and see if we will die

      Mark - 2012-04-13 21:54

      No, Twitti, you won't die, you will come to South Africa.

  • Felix - 2012-04-13 12:51

    Silly evil Western Imperialists, don't send food send a strategic missile into Bob's compound.

      farmfreund - 2012-04-13 14:43

      Not compound, stroois

      dbwititi - 2012-04-13 15:22

      evil minds yeild scam felix. always calling yo uncles to help u

  • Mike - 2012-04-13 13:06

    This is what we have to llok forward to.

  • Graham - 2012-04-13 13:10

    I don't think it has anything to do with drought!

      farmfreund - 2012-04-13 14:44

      sure it does since 10 years Zim has an enorm Drought , of money and skills

  • Bennie - 2012-04-13 13:16

    Let them Eat Cake !!!

  • Honest - 2012-04-13 14:04

    I ddnt receive good news for Zimbabwe,I only see moking,nonsence,politics,so does this conclude Zim doesnt do anything good????

      Irene - 2012-04-14 15:23

      Does this conclude that you cannot string two words together to make a sentence?

  • Frans - 2012-04-13 14:17

    Like Bob Marley said:' Don't worry about a thing' cause Zuma will provide. So why worry?

  • Peter - 2012-04-13 14:28

    But this is due to drought, NATURAL DISASTER, stop blaming Bob.

      Mark - 2012-04-13 14:38

      Yeah right, Peter - the lack of fertiler, area planted, expertise and enthusiasm, working tractors, suitable implements, availability of seed etc are carefully ignored. Next year he will blame floods.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-13 14:45

      And the year before, and the year before that? It's been a disaster since land reforms began. Explain to me how it went from a net exporter to not a net importer, but requiring actual food aid? Only Bob.

      dbwititi - 2012-04-13 15:26

      come to a feild day and see the effect of the phenomonon. surely get yo fact right peter we have exceeded yo levels

      wdvilliers - 2012-04-13 18:12

      Yes DBWITI nobody is going to argue with see if we argue with you we will be dragged down to your level of stupidity and there you will beat us with experience...

      Kevin - 2012-04-15 15:17

      I assume you are being sarcastic, Peter. Zim cannot produce enough maize even if they had all the rain they need. The Farms have been deserted or neglected for years now. Bob Mugabe has driven the farming community (White and Black) out of the farms so that his cronies can 'own' the land and imagine themselves to be rich. While a privileged few live on the farms, they have no clue how to provide food for their own Country. Time for all of us to stop kidding ourselves that Africa's leaders are doing their best for their people.@dimwiti, wake up my friend, when you next look, your hero Mugabe will have taken your money, land and dignity too.

  • Scebberish - 2012-04-13 14:43

    .......and here we come, right behind you!

  • Jacques - 2012-04-15 10:07

    Bob is the big appartheid soldier, when he passes away he would have oppressed, starve and killed more black people then many others...he let Verwoerd look like a saint.

  • allen.nerwande1 - 2012-04-23 03:27

    Stop blaming our Super Intelligant African President for these natural disasters,only god can control that.Since in the year 2000,the climate changed,so stop blamming anyone

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