Zimbabwe Facing Maize Deficit

Zimbabwe is faced with a maize deficit after 45% of the maize crop was declared a write-off due to drought.

The Herald reports that Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made blamed the erratic rainfall for what he termed a ‘difficult farming season’.

1 million tonnes are now expected to be harvested and will be augmented by the 400,000 tonnes in the strategic grain reserve. 1.34 million tonnes are needed per year for human consumption with a further 350,000 tonnes needed for livestock.

Communal farmers are still expected to contribute 40% of the grain this season and the minister lamented the effort being put by A2 farmers on feeding the nation as they concentrated on other crops.

Meanwhile, a saving strategy for livestock particularly in Matabeleland is expected to be put in place soon.