Zimbabwe Records High Crop Yields

VOA Staff
17.07.2014 21:12

WASHINGTON — The government says this year’s harvest went up 82 percent and is enough to meet annual domestic consumption without supplementary imports for the first time in 11 years.

A crop assessment report from the agriculture ministry says the 2014 crop harvest increased to 1,46 million metric tonnes, up from 798,596 tonnes last year.

Zimbabwe has over the past decade struggled to achieve food security due to persistent drought and the shambolic land reforms that displaced thousands of productive white commercial farmers.

While the good harvest is good news, experts say many people from drought prone areas will still require food aid.

Agricultural expert Mandla Nkomo said government still has to secure half a million metric tonnes for stock feed.