Wheat self-sufficiency substitutes Ukraine grain: ED

Abel Karowangoro recently in Centenary

Zimbabwe – In a significant breakthrough for the nation’s agriculture sector, President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared that Zimbabwe has achieved wheat self-sufficiency, effectively eliminating the need for importing grain from Ukraine.

The announcement was made during a star rally in Centenary in Mashonaland Central, marking a momentous occasion for the nation’s food security and economic independence.

President Mnangagwa expressed pride and satisfaction in the nation’s agricultural achievements, stating.

“Today, I am delighted to announce that Zimbabwe has reached a pivotal milestone in becoming self-sufficient in wheat production. Through the hard work and dedication of our farmers and the implementation of progressive agricultural policies, we have succeeded in reducing our dependency on foreign imports, specifically wheat from Ukraine,” President Mnangagwa said .

“For years, Zimbabwe has faced challenges in meeting its wheat demand, relying heavily on imports from various countries, including Ukraine. Fluctuating global wheat prices and currency instability have at times strained the nation’s economy and food security.”

The President’s announcement signals a crucial step towards mitigating these challenges and ensuring a stable supply of a staple food for Zimbabweans.

The President emphasised that achieving wheat self-sufficiency required a collective effort, with farmers playing a pivotal role in driving the success of this initiative.

He applauded their resilience, determination, and willingness to adopt modern agricultural techniques, which played a crucial role in increasing wheat yields and overall productivity.

“Under our ‘Wheat Independence’ initiative, we have provided our farmers with access to quality seeds, fertilizers, and modern machinery.

Additionally, we invested in research and development to introduce wheat varieties best suited to our climatic conditions, further enhancing our agricultural capacity,” President Mnangagwa explained.

The move towards wheat self-sufficiency is also expected to have a positive impact on the nation’s economy. By reducing the need for expensive wheat imports, Zimbabwe stands to save substantial foreign exchange reserves, which can be allocated to other critical sectors, such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure development.

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