Thursday, December 22, 2005

Zim's farmers lack diesel


I've written in the past that Zim should have the Chinese teach them to use hand tractors and fertilizer...well, without diesel you can't use tractors, and it's back to the oxen...
HARARE, Dec. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Shortage of diesel is stalling efficient land tillage across Zimbabwe with most rural farmers resorting to draught power, an official said on Wednesday...
"We have not yet compiled the total hectarage tilled and we should be in a position to do that once tillage has been completed throughout the country," Mlambo said.

A total of 1.3 million hectares are targeted to be put under maize by communal and A2 farmers with an average output of 1.6 million metric tons per ha expected. The central bank has introduced a maize and sorghum production facility of one trillion Zimbabwean dollars (about 12.5 million US dollars) to support A1 and communal farmers with seed and fertilizer.

...... Zimbabwe has been experiencing fuel shortage for the past five years and recently the government said it would allocate 50 percent of all fuel imports to farmers.

However, individuals are now allowed to import the commodity using free funds.

The country requires 1.8 metric tons of maize for livestock and human consumption annually. Enditem

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