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…

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,…

Local sourcing initiative impacts over 175,000 lives – Guinness Ghana

GHANA - Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has held a stakeholder’s workshop to showcase and assess the socio-economic impact of their Local Raw Material (LRM) sourcing on the Ghanaian economy. A statement issued in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the workshop was held bi-annually to review the impact of the company’s…

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…

China may face ‘tight’ corn supplies, due to subsidy, demand reforms

CHINA - China, which last year held more than one half of world corn stocks, could soon "find itself tight" in supplies of the grain, thanks to reforms such as a farm subsidy shake-up, and moves to boost domestic consumption. The US Department of Agriculture's Beijing bureau, cut to a five-year low of 79.2m tonnes…

IGC ups world grains harvest to second largest on record

WORLD - The International Grains Council lifted its estimate for the world grains harvest to the second largest on record, citing improved ideas on wheat and, especially, corn production. The intergovernmental group raised by 20m tonnes to 2.069bn tonnes its estimate for world production of wheat and coarse grains, such as barley, corn and sorghum,…

Govt. ban on maize exports not working – report

MALAWI - Malawi Government ban on maize export is not working to it expectation following revelations that between June and July a total of 3,519 metric tonnes of maize illegally crossed the borders into Tanzania and Mozambique a development that is feared to result into severe shortage of the staple in the coming months. In…