A senior Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) official, Ringson Chitsiko, has revealed that the country is left with just seven months supply of grain.
Addressing stakeholders at a GMAZ extraordinary meeting on drought assessment Friday, Chitsiko said:
It is not a secret that we probably have up to seven months supply of grain including the strategic grain reserve but you know that as a country we always want to be in a surplus position so that with or without a favorable season.
Our situation with regards to the grain situation must always be positive.
MDC president Nelson Chamisa told former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo that at least 7 million people are in need of food aid. Said Chamisa:
President (Olusegun) Obasanjo, there is a programme in this country called Command Agriculture. It is meant to feed the people but the government has asked the international community to help feed at least seven million people.
Last year they claimed they have so much grain they were struggling for space but the same government now is crying out for help.
Obasanjo was in the country to attend the launch of a book co-written by MDC deputy national chairman Tendai Biti, “Democracy Works”.
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