Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Deputy Minister Davis Marapira said Zimbabwe has 500 000 tonnes of maize in its strategic grain reserve, which was enough to sustain the country almost up to next year.
While we acknowledge that we had below average rainfall so far this summer cropping season, people should not panic because we have more than 500 000 tonnes of maize in our strategic grain reserve. This can sustain us for close to a year. Last year we had good rains and people had a bumper harvest. In terms of maize most communal farmers still have food. Also our crop is not a complete write-off. There are other areas where crops are still in a better condition. We also have crop which is under irrigation, so people should not panic at all,” he said. President Mnangagwa also recently assured the nation of food security.
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The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) recently advised farmers to irrigate their crops to guarantee good harvests.