What President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe had to say on the success of wheat and fertiliser production in his country

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Mnangagwa was speaking at the ongoing Dakar 2 summit that took place in Senegal.

What you should know: Zimbabwe wheat crop volumes hit record. The total volume of wheat expected for the season was 380 000t, which was five times more than that produced in 2021.

According to a report the 2022 harvest was the highest since commercial wheat production began in that country 1960s. The previous record-high wheat harvest of 325 000t was achieved in 1990.

The outstanding deliveries were being held back by farmers due to the wheat’s high moisture content.

According the report, Zimbabwe had planted a record 80 885ha to the crop this season in an attempt to ensure self-sufficiency for the country.

Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist at Agbiz, previously told Farmer’s Weekly that the bumper crop was integral to reducing Zimbabwe’s reliance on wheat imports, and would also result in “savings on foreign currency”.

Wheat, in the form of bread and white maize, represented the most important staple food in Zimbabwe.

What you should know: Africa produced around 25.7 million metric tons of wheat in the trade year 2020/2021. The production  increased to 30.5 million metric tons in 2021/2022, according to the source’s forecasts. North Africa accounted for over 60 percent of the African wheat production. In 2020/2021 , wheat imports to the continent reached around 54.8 million metric tons.

Africa’s TOP wheat producing countries are, Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia, Algeria, South Africa and Tunisia. 

Africa’s Potential is LIMITLESS.

Credit: Mark-Anthony Johnson