ED misleads country on food self sufficiency

HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa is grossly misleading the country regarding food self sufficiency, a leading financial research firm has said.

Equity Axis said latest trade data show a spike in maize imports.

This comes against the background of repeated confirmation by authorities that Zimbabwe is now food self sufficient following a good harvest in 2017.

Speaking in Mutare over the weekend, Mnangagwa said the country’s food security is a “done deal.”

“This was however, insincere as projected maize produce for the current year comes short of meeting demand and the resultant maize import spike reflects the status quo of supply shortfall,” the research firm said.

“Zimbabwe demands circa 1,6 million mt of maize annually and with an expected production level of 0,6 million mt from the 2017/18 season, a shortfall of 1 million is expected.

“Assuming Zim achieved a tonnage of 2,1 million mt in 2016/17 season, an excess of 0,5 million mt was spared, thus reducing the current year shortfall gap to 0,5 million mt.  Despite the denial by government, statistics show a clandestine admittance through maize imports growth, it said.

Comments (2)

That is Zanu's standard operating procedure. Remember the other year Joseph Made showing some helicopter footage of a field under irrigation and claiming there is going to be a bumber harvest and there was one of the worst food shortages. These people church out the same nonsense every election cycle, they never come back to the electrorate with bags of fullfilled promises. Now we have ED who claims lets forget the past and let bygones be bygones. The only past we are not allowed to forget is his claim to being 'leader' or member of Lacoste gang (a lie) and his chuck norris meet MacGyver boarder jumping antics...claiming to have walked some 30km (another lie).

Galore - 17 July 2018

Makaunyana muri muchihofisi che DN kumirira makuhwa. Food security haiuye on its own. Get out from that cabin and go fanyeti munorima. Simbe dzevanhu ! I don`t care what Garwe said. A typical Zimbabwean does not wait to be assured by anybody about food security; he does it for himself. Kana makafa pfungwa muchadya izvozvo.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 17 July 2018

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