Zimbabwe has 81 419 metric tonnes of wheat stock which is sufficient to last until the next harvest in September, a Cabinet Minister has said.
In her post Cabinet briefing on Wednesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:
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The country’s current wheat stocks of 81 419 metric tonnes are sufficient until the next harvest, which is expected to commence in September.
It’s highlighted that 792 325 mt of maize, 11 769 mt of soya bean and 81 755 mt of traditional grains had been delivered to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) as of 24 August 2021.
She also announced that the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has been engaged to ensure the efficient control of quelea birds that have been sighted in all provinces. Said Mutsvangwa:
Cabinet received an update on the 2021 winter wheat production and maize marketing season.
Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the early planted wheat is now at the booting stage in most provinces.
Bird repellent has been procured to ensure efficient control of the quelea birds that have been sighted in all provinces.
The government has begun a nationwide identification of roosting places of quelea birds.
Farmers should assist by providing surveillance information on the roosting places and additionally can collect bird repellant from their nearest GMB depots to protect their crops.
The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has been engaged to ensure efficient control of the birds.
In order to eliminate side marketing, wheat contractors are putting in place harvesting and transport logistics.