Post-Cabinet Press Briefing: Meeting 2024-01: 6th February 2024

1.0 UPDATE ON SUMMER CROPS AND TOBACCO MARKETING

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Honourable Dr. Anxious Jongwe Masuka, presented the Update on Summer Crops and Tobacco Marketing, which was adopted by Cabinet.

Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the country produced 2.57 million metric tonnes of maize and traditional grains during the 2022/2023 season. Zimbabwe consumes 2.2 million metric tonnes of maize/traditional grains (1.8 metric tonnes for food and 400 000 for stock feed). This translates to 6 027 metric tonnes daily, with 4 931 metric tonnes going towards human consumption. The monthly human consumption requirement is 150 000 metric tonnes.

Cabinet wishes to assure the nation that there will be enough grain before the commencement of the next maize/traditional grains intake in April 2024. Wheat stocks of 247 371 metric tonnes as at 28 January, 2024 will last eleven months, at a monthly drawdown rate of 21 000 metric tonnes.

 

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