Friday, October 02, 2009

Harvest may fall short next year

from AFP

Zimbabwe is expected to reap 450,000 tonnes of maize during the next harvest in May, against 1.5 million tonnes this year. The government estimates that the country needs 1.8 million tonnes to feed its people.

Jenrich said small farmers lacked enough fertiliser, seeds and other inputs, but urged authorities to improve their management of the nation's land rather than to rely on handouts to farmers.

The country's power-sharing government said the increased funding would help boost yields, but farmers' unions report that large tracts of land are lying fallow as farmers lacked the means to plant....

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