Zim farmers predict poor farming season

via Zim farmers predict poor farming season – report | News24 2013-11-14

Farmers in Zimbabwe have expressed concern over the country’s persistent liquidity crunch, a situation which has led them to predict another poor agricultural season.

Commercial Framers Union President Charles Taffs said poor preparations caused by a shortage of inputs and working capital had proved to be a blow to the current planting season as most farmers failed to access loans, according to Southern Eye.

Taffs said it was most likely that the country would experience lower yields next year compared to the 2012-2013 period.

The report comes at a time when Zimbabwe is already faced with a serious food deficit.

Recent reports indicated that hundreds of people in rural areas were surviving on wild fruit amid intensifying hunger.

Statistics by the World Food Programme show that about 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe face hunger and that they might need food assistance in the coming months.

Zimbabwe started experiencing serious food deficits over a decade ago after President Robert Mugabe’s government embarked on a violent land reform programme.

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

 

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    Hisexcellency 8 years ago

    Let’s all pray to God.

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    Washumba 8 years ago

    Jah guide

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    William Doctor 8 years ago

    Well – Mugabe and his apologists will say it was due to drought.

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      Tsuro Magen'a 8 years ago

      No its sanctions

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        Boss MyAss 8 years ago

        Actually Zanu-PF will put the blame on U.S, to Westerns, to whites,to God………. Everyone on this planet is responsible except them.

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    Pachokwadi 8 years ago

    A country of once famers of high quality in irigation and faming has been reduced to gatherers and hunters, thanks to Mugabe and his ill planed land distribution.

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      Doris 8 years ago

      Exactly Pachokwadi. Poor quality farmers and farming practices have led this country to starvation.

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    Where is this Charles Taffs farming. Why should this information come from a defunct farmer representing defunct membership. Its a fact farmers have increased there hecterage. Its a fact this farmer commenting has doubled both tobacco and maize hecterage. Its also a fact that we dont have enough fertiliser financing. Its a fact this farmer commenting has financed his own hecterage on frtiliser. I am sure there will be a few more like me. If we receive not too much rain, and we dont need to re fertilise the out put will be better than last year.

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      Boss MyAss 8 years ago

      I am more than sure that you don’t live in Zimbabwe.

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    Boss MyAss for security reasons I will not direct you to my farm to see for yourself- tobacco already on the ground 4ha maize already on the ground and now doing maize planting for reminder

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      Boss MyAss 8 years ago

      But of course, you looted the land and that’s why you support the crooks. Do you assist those who need support at least or you keep everything for your self like any one else in Zanu ?

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    marasha 8 years ago

    Shebah so why are poeple suffering with hunger when you have bumper haverst always. i hhave been following your comments ,are you exporting your maize, why are we importing maize yet we have able farmers like you.poeple lets learn to agree our mistakes. really the country needs divine power these leaders have totally failed

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    DubboZimbo 8 years ago

    4ha……hahaha you are a funny fellow. How many people will you feed with that little plot……and you are a “commercial farmer”……..good luck with the next 4 ha……hahaha