JOHANNESBURG – The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe is warning that the country has just a week’s worth of wheat.
Zimbabwe’s consumer rights body is urging people to replace bread with sweet potatoes and porridge, as wheat supplies in the country dwindle.
In the past few weeks, the price of bread has risen by almost 70-percent.
A shortage of foreign currency has restricted imports.
Zimbabwe needs the imports to supplement local crops to make flour for bread, the country’s largest staple after maize meal.
The price of bread is more than R10.50 a standard loaf after increasing almost 70-percent recently.
Zimbabwe consumes 1.8 million loaves of bread a day.
It needs 400, 000 metric tons of wheat a year.
The country is currently producing less than half of its annual requirement.