Zimbabwe running out of bread
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|Zimbabwe running out of bread|
1 Oct 07 - Reports from Zimbabwe say bakeries have run out of flour and there will be no bread in the foreseeable future.
The Agriculture Ministry has confirmed that this year's wheat harvest yield of 145,000 tons is only one third of the country's requirements.
Last week, the government announced it would import 100,000 tonnes of wheat.
But even that would leave Zimbabwe short of its 400,000 ton target for this year.
The Sunday Mail newspaper in Zimbabwe reported that this year's production was badly affected by erratic power supplies that resulted in some farmers completely abandoning their crop at germination levels because of the failure to irrigate.
Critics have blamed President Mugabe's policies, especially the seizure of farms from their former white owners, for ordinary Zimbabweans' hardship.
Government price controls have been blamed for worsening shortages. (And we want government control of our energy useage?)
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