PICTURE: Elongated Mealie-Meal Queue In Harare

Zim Morning Post has reported that there is an elongated mealie-meal queue at OK Kwameh Nkurumah stretching from J Nyerere to L Takawira in Harare.

Citizens are desperate to buy the very scarce commodity whose price was increased last week. Zimbabwe has an acute deficit of the mealie-meal due to drought and two decades of poor Agriculture policies.

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Meanwhile, there are reports suggesting that some heartless millers are exporting the subsidised commodity to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The development comes when there is an unresolved case in which Sakunda Holdings boss, Kuda Tagwirei is alleged to have abused US$3 billion that was meant for Command Agriculture, a programme that was premised at increasing Agriculture production and eradicate hunger.

The World Food Programme has projected that starvation might linger a little longer due to erratic rainfalls. Recent rainfall patterns in the country have rendered it impossible for farmers to irrigate their crops as Dams in the country do not have enough water to sustain a farming season.

To make matters worse, the country has a huge power crisis due dwindling water levels at Kariba Dam and as a result, farms have not been spared from power cuts hence impossible to irrigate crops.

Authorities and farmers have been urged to adopt smart agriculture and water harvesting strategies to have maximum benefit from the little rains the country has been receiving lately.

More: Zim Morning Post

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