Zimbabwe Set to Achieve Record 600,000 Tonne Wheat Harvest

In a remarkable turnaround amidst challenging conditions, Zimbabwe is on track to harvest a record-breaking 600,000 tonnes of wheat this season. This comes after farmers planted an impressive 121,769 hectares of wheat, surpassing the national target of 120,000 hectares. This achievement represents a significant increase from last season, where 91,000 hectares were planted, yielding 468,000 tonnes of wheat.

The country’s annual wheat requirement stands at 360,000 tonnes, and the anticipated harvest will not only meet but exceed this need, ensuring a surplus. This positive development follows a period of severe El Niño-induced drought affecting the Southern African region, including Zimbabwe, during the 2023-24 agricultural season.

The Second Republic, led by President Mnangagwa, has implemented various measures to bolster national food security. The increase in wheat production aligns with the government’s objectives to enhance food security despite the challenges posed by climate change. This achievement reinforces Zimbabwe’s position as the only wheat-sufficient country in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, a milestone first reached in 2021 when the country produced 375,131 tonnes of wheat.

The increased wheat hectarage is a testament to the country’s resilience and strategic planning. By expanding domestic production, Zimbabwe reduces its reliance on imports, thereby improving food availability and affordability. This strategy is crucial in ensuring food security amid climate-related challenges.

Additionally, Zimbabwe is also promoting the cultivation of traditional crops to combat food insecurity. This season, the hectarage for traditional crops has increased by 16 percent, from 533,625 hectares to 621,048 hectares. This diversification supports the broader goal of climate-proofed agriculture, focusing on conservation agriculture and expanding areas under irrigation.

President Mnangagwa has emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring that no citizen goes hungry due to the prevailing El Niño-induced drought. The Second Republic’s investments in strengthening agricultural initiatives and food security strategies are a clear indication of this commitment.

Overall, Zimbabwe’s projected wheat harvest is a beacon of hope and a symbol of the nation’s resilience and proactive approach to overcoming climatic adversities. With continued efforts and strategic planning, Zimbabwe is set to not only secure its food needs but also strengthen its agricultural sector for future challenges.

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