Veld fires destroy 200 Hectares Wheat

Zimbabwe has lost 200 Hectares of wheat to veld fire’s as the country battles to assure food security and self sufficient agricultural production.

According to the previous post cabinet statement,“Further, to date 5 wheat fields of about 200 hectares have been burnt by wild fires this week. While farmers are encouraged to have the requisite fire guards around their farms, the public is urged to desist from unnecessarily starting fires as they have grave consequences on human life and property.” Chairperson of Cabinet, Monica Mutsvangwa said in Harare.

The unfortunate incident occurred as the country has close to 3 months stock of wheat as it nears the Winter Wheat harvest season which was argued to be a record breaking farming season.

“Current wheat stocks stand at 65 490 metric tonnes, and this will provide 2.6 months’ cover at a consumption rate of 21 000 metric tonnes per month. Harvesting of the 2022 Winter wheat crop is gathering pace in many parts of the country.” Monica Mutsvangwa also said.

Food sustainability remains a key pillar in not meeting the first sustainable development goal, poverty eradication, but a dependable pillar in broadly achieving all 17 sustainable development goal.

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