Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

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Wheat Production Falls By Over 5000 Hectares

Wheat Production Falls By Over 5000 Hectares

Bulawayo, July 21, 2012- Wheat production has dropped by over 5000 hectares 
compared to last year as a result of government’s failure to avail the 
promised US$20million input support scheme to farmers.

Only 9500 hectares of wheat was planted during the winter cropping season 
compared to 15 982 registered last year, Donald Khumalo, the Commercial 
Farmers Union (CFU) president said.

Khumalo noted that wheat farmers are disappointed with government’s failure 
to honour its promise to avail the US$20 million input support scheme to 
ramp up production.

“We had numerous challenges with regards to winter wheat farming. The 
promised input support scheme never materialised.

“You will recall that the government promised US$20million input support to 
wheat farmers but that never materialised again.

“This is the reason why farmers only planted less than 10 000 hectares of 
the crop due to lack of inputs,” Khumalo said in an interview.

“Wheat farmers do not have money to buy top dressing fertiliser to protect 
their crops and that is a disaster. Load shedding by the Zimbabwe 
Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is also threatening the planted crop.

“At the same time, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is yet to pay farmers for 
last year’s wheat deliveries leaving wheat farmers in a quandary as they owe 
a number of suppliers and banks. Farmers are demoralised ,” he added.

The US$20 million input support scheme was announced in April with hopes of 
helping increase the country’s wheat production to 75,000 tonnes this year.

Wheat production had declined sharply over the years owing to lack of proper 
financing and implementation mechanisms by government.

Zimbabwe requires 400,000 tonnes of wheat annually and wheat shortages mean 
that the country has to meet the shortfall with costly imports from 
countries such as South Africa and Zambia.


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