Zimbabwe crops to fall despite good season

Published on 16 April 2009

Zimbabwe's maize output is likely to fall 5 percent in 2008/09 despite a good season, the main farmers union said on Thursday, due to a new wave of farm invasions and farmers' inability to afford seed and fertiliser. [...] The slump in farm output has caused widespread food shortages across the country, where the U.N's World Food Programme says about 5.5 million people have needed food aid since the beginning of this year. Thousands of white farmers have fled Zimbabwe since the land seizures began in 2000, and the CFU says the few commercial farmers left cannot produce enough to feed the country.

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