Zimbabwe denies food insecurity fears

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe has in excess of 700,000 tonnes in grain and Government has put in measures that will ensure that no one will starve before the next harvest, Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. Acting President Mnangagwa said this in the National Assembly yesterday while responding to a question by MDC-T Bulawayo Representative Dr…

Africa must re-adopt its orphan crops as times change

AFRICA - A large portion of Africa's people relies on several indigenous plant species for subsistence. These plants are often primary food sources for people and animals and are also used for other non-food purposes. Most are farmed as food crops and are preferred by indigenous people and farmers. They are often hardy and tolerant,…

Report shows one million at risk of hunger in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE - At least one million food-insecure households in Zimbabwe are at high risk of exhausting their food stocks between January and March next year despite the bumper maize harvest recorded this year, a United Nations agency has warned. Unicef in its end of September 2017 situational report highlights that there would be food insecurity,…

Zim pays farmers US$400m for grain deliveries

ZIMBABWE - Government has so far paid close to $400 million to farmers after they delivered 1,1 million tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board. This comes after Treasury upped weekly disbursements to GMB to about $40 million to farmers every week to boost farmers' preparations for the 2017 /2018 summer cropping season. Agriculture,…

Zim pays farmers US$400m for grain deliveries

ZIMBABWE - Government has so far paid close to $400 million to farmers after they delivered 1,1 million tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board. This comes after Treasury upped weekly disbursements to GMB to about $40 million to farmers every week to boost farmers' preparations for the 2017 /2018 summer cropping season. Agriculture,…

UK wheat harvest beats forecasts, easing ideas of supply squeeze

UK - The UK wheat harvest rebounded more than had been expected this year, official data showed, easing ideas of a squeeze on supplies which spurred calculations of the UK remaining a net importer of the grain. The UK, the European Union's third-ranked wheat grower, raised wheat production by 5.4% this year to 15.16m tonnes,…

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest. Growers will probably reap 16.74 million metric tons of corn in the 2016 to 2017 season, Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician at the Pretoria-based Crop Estimates Committee, said by…