Zimbabwe’s wheat supply is expected to be negatively affected by local companies’ failure to pay for imports. Reports indicate that wheat bound for Zimbabwe has been docked at Beira port in Mozambique for some time now and will not be released until cash has been paid up-front
A Daily News report claims that the major wheat supplier to Zimbabwe, Holbund Limited, has written a letter to the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) threatening to sell the docked wheat to other regional consumers. Part of the letter written by Holbund Limited to GMAZ reads as follows
We have not received any payment to date, hence if we don’t have any payment by close of business Tuesday, we apologise that we will not be able to reserve wheat and we will be forced to offload the quantity assigned to Zimbabwe in Mombasa port as we need time to make new documents for Kenya, hence we have a cut-off time.
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National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe president Ngoni Mazango had this to say
Bakers are not getting enough flour so I cannot guarantee that we will have enough bread for Christmas. We are not getting enough foreign currency and the legacy debt has not yet been paid, therefore, the suppliers have also cut off supplies until it is paid.