Zimbabwe expects its harvest of staple white maize grain to fall by almost half this year due to poor rainfall in the 2021/22 growing season.
Authorities, however, believe the nation will have enough food till the next harvest.
Zimbabwe has for years been failing to produce enough grain for consumption let alone exportation. This is attributed to poor agriculture policies and climate change. The government said:
Cabinet takes this opportunity to reassure the nation that, despite the decline in production owing to the vagaries of the weather, there is, however, enough maize in stock.
Maize production for the 2021/22 season is seen at 1.56 million tonnes, down from the previous season’s multi-year record of 2.72 million tonnes.
The country needs a total of 2.2 million tonnes for both human and livestock consumption.
Zimbabwe’s millers have been increasing prices, citing higher import and production costs, as well as supply constraints related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
In March, millers increased maize meal and wheat flour prices by 15%, followed by further hikes of 52% and 31% for maize meal and wheat flour, respectively, in April.
Inflation has worsened the challenges being faced by the public.