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,…

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,…

Massive cull to stop avian flu costs Zim company $7.2m

ZIMBABWE - Irvine’s, one of Zimbabwe’s largest food producers, suffered losses of $7.2m after culling chickens due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Irvine’s parent company Innscor on Wednesday said that it had culled 835,000 birds after an avian influenza outbreak at one of its farms. “With the help of the responsible authorities,…

Delta, AFDIS fret over tougher alcohol policy

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's major alcohol manufacturers - Delta Corporation and African Distillers (AFDIS) - could see their business affected if the proposed regulate the sale of alcohol becomes reality. A Cabinet committee recently revived the 2010 National Alcohol Policy draft, which seeks to outlaw the sale of alcoholic products during certain days and hours of…

Nestlé Zim retrenches, confirms future plans

ZIMBABWE - Multi-national food and drink company, Nestle Zimbabwe, has embarked on a retrenchment exercise, as part of the company’s “business optimisation activities”. The exercise, which was voluntary, saw more than 20 workers exiting the company, which employs more than a 100. “Despite our initiatives, and largely due to technological and systems upgrades, we carried…