THE MOST FROM THE COAST !

..


 Coastweek website


XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Zimbabwe government assures nation
of adequate maize amid drought fears

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe government has assured the nation that it has enough grain reserves to last until next year’s harvest in April should crops fail this year.

The country has received erratic rains since the beginning of the rainfall season last October, triggering fears of another drought this year.

Most of the dry land crops are showing signs of severe moisture stress due to a prolonged dry spell, with crops in the southern part of the country now a write off.

The staple maize and tobacco, the country’s largest export earner, have been the most affected crops. 

“While we acknowledge that we had below average rainfall so far this summer cropping season, people should not panic because we have more than 500,000 tonnes of maize in our strategic grain reserve. This can sustain us for close to a year,” agriculture deputy minister Davis Marapira was quoted as saying by the state-run Herald newspaper on Monday.

The minister said the nation will manage to harvest some maize as some of the crop was in better condition and some under irrigation.

Zimbabwe recorded a bumper maize harvest of over 2 million tonnes in the 2016/17 farming season, more than its requirement of 1.8 million tonnes annually.

Despite the bumper harvest, the World Food Program said about 1.1 million people in the country would require food aid during the lean season from January to March 2018.

The number is set to rise sharply if the bulk of the crop is destroyed by hot weather.

.

EARLIER REPORTS:

Over five million Zimbabweans register to vote in mid-2018 polls

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- About 5.1 million people have registered as of Sunday to vote in elections scheduled for the middle of this year, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said on Monday.

ZEC has said it is targeting to register 5.5 million people, down from 7 million it had initially targeted.

The electoral body is conducting a mop-up biometric voter registration campaign which started on Jan. 10 and ends on Feb. 8 to cater for eligible voters who failed to register last December.

After the end of the mobile registration exercise in February, voter registration will continue at 63 static centers across the country until a few weeks before the election.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said elections will be held by July this year. He has been nominated by the ruling ZANU-PF party as its presidential candidate.

Zimbabwe’s voter turnout hovered around 3.5 million in 2008 and 2013 elections.

ZEC is using the biometric voter registration system for the first time and every eligible Zimbabwean must register afresh to participate in the polls.

             

 

Remember: you read it first at coastweek.com !


 

SPECIAL
OFFERS

WEEKEND
GETAWAYS

WITH

SERENA

 

 

TO ADVERTISE ON THIS WEB SITE:  www.coastweek.com
Please contact

MOMBASA - GULSHAN JIVRAJ, Mobile: 0722 775164 Tel: (+254) (41) 2230130 /
Wireless: 020 3549187 e-mail: info@coastweek.com

NAIROBI - ANJUM H. ASODIA, Mobile: 0733 775446 Tel: (+254) (020) 3744459
e-mail: anjum@asodia.co.ke

 
    © Coastweek Newspapers Limited               Tel: (+254) (41) 2230130  |  Wireless: 020 3549187  |  E-mail: info@coastweek.com