"Bumper crop", Made is lying: Mliswa - Zimbabwe Situation

“Bumper crop”, Made is lying: Mliswa

via Made is lying: Mliswa – DailyNews Live by Chengetai Zvauya  24 MARCH 2014 

Temba Mliswa, Zanu PF legislator for Hurungwe West, has accused Agriculture minister Joseph Made of lying that Zimbabwe will have a bumper harvest this year.

Mliswa believes Made’s predictions are a fantasy and could result in hunger for a very large number of innocent Zimbabweans.

The feisty lawmaker, who is also Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson, challenged Made during ministers’ question time last Thursday to come out clear and state were he got the idea that the country was expecting a good crop.

“I have read press reports where the minister is quoted talking of a bumper harvest,” Mliswa said.

“In Mashonaland West we got seed for 90 000 hectares, fertiliser for 10 000 hectares and AN (Ammonium Nitrate) fertiliser for 20 000 hectares and A2 model farmers did not get any support from government. So how can Made talk of a bumper harvest? Minister vari kunyepa (is lying).”

Mliswa received support from most of the lawmakers in the National Assembly as the debate shifted to the food situation in the country

Some MPs demanded  to know the grain situation and whether the country’s silos had adequate holding space in the event that there was bumper grain.

Others demanded that Made, who was absent in Parliament, clarify his statement.

Paddy Zhanda, deputy Agriculture minister, who was  representing Made, said it was  difficult  to announce whether the country was facing a bumper harvest or not.

He said that pronouncement can only be made after a  second crop assessment.

Zhanda said he was not aware of the statement attributed to Made.

“I have not read the newspaper that Hon Mliswa is referring to, and I advise him not to rely on press articles,” Zhanda said.

“We need to do another crop assessment to ascertain whether we are heading for a bumper harvest. What we know is that we need 2,3 million tonnes of maize to feed the nation.”

He said the true position whether the country will have a bumper harvest or not will only be known next month.

President Robert Mugabe’s often violent seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for redistribution to black Zimbabweans, coupled with erratic rains, has crippled the country’s agriculture-based economy.

The WFP is currently feeding over  two million Zimbabweans a month, and Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler, is the second largest contributor to WFP feeding programmes in the country after the US.



  • comment-avatar
    John Thomas 4 years

    Why is the government in the business of supplying inputs? Is everybody totally useless? Do these so called farmers need somebody to come and breathe for them too?

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      Doris 4 years

      My thoughts exactly. For how many more years do these so-called “new farmers” have to have their inputs provided. If the Land Reform Programme is such a success, how come they are still holding out the begging bowl? I’ll tell you why? No Title Deeds = no loans.

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    Antonio delgado 4 years

    That stupid tucking chimpanzee “made” isn’t quailed to take out the trash,let alone forecast the weather, crop supplies or anything else, he’s an idiot!!!

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      Zvichanaka 4 years

      Constructive debate please and decent language!

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    Tjingababili 4 years


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    Jono Austin 4 years

    Why do they even bother growing maize if the WFP feeds the nation?

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    Mixed Race 4 years

    There is no bumper harvest this year because when you drive from Bulawayo to Harare you see very tall grass on land which used to produce maize between KweKwe and Norton.The little you find
    is crowded and full of weeds with poor combs,suggesting that it was done for individual family needs not for the nation at large.
    Maybe most of them concentrated on the failed golden leaf crop,which was taken cheaply by our masters the Chinese.Minister Made cannot make proper forecast because he has no practical farming experience.