Zimbabwe is expecting a maize harvest of about 2,7 million tonnes

09.06.2017

Zimbabwe is expecting a maize harvest of about 2,7 million tonnes during the 2016 /17 farming season boosted by the success of the Special

In total, about 1 770 389 hectares were put under maize during the 2016/17 farming season, with anticipated maize yields of over 2 million tonnes. This, together with small grains should give over 2,7 million tonnes of grain this year, well above the national requirements of 1,8 million tonnes, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development said in its Treasury Quarterly Bulletin: January-March 2017.

Buoyed by the success of Command Agriculture during the 2016 /17 agriculture season, Government has embarked on a Special Winter Wheat Production programme similar to that of maize in an endeavour to reduce wheat imports.

The Special Winter Wheat Production programme is targeting 70 000 hectares at average yields of five tonnes per hectare and already 881 farmers with hectarage of more than 56 000 hectares have been registered.

“In addition, private financiers have contracted over 14 000 hectares for this season’s winter wheat crop,” the ministry said. As a result therefore, wheat output is set to surpass 280 000 tonnes this season, “which will a go a long way in reducing imports, thus saving the country’s foreign currency”.

“This level of wheat production will be a huge leap from the current average planted area of 14 000 hectares for past three years producing wheat output of around 60 000 tonnes, annually,” according to the ministry bulletin. Area put under tobacco increased by 7 percent to 110 000 hectares in 2017 from 102 000 hectares in 2016. Tobacco production in 2017, at 215 million kg, surpasses the previous year’s output of 203 million kg.

The marketing season opened with a price of $4,60 per kg on March 15, which was two percent higher than the opening price for the previous season of $4,50. Two weeks later, cumulative deliveries at auction floors stood at 17,9 million kg valued at $46,7 million compared to 12,9 million kg  valued at $32 million for the same period last year.



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