Grain Millers Association (GMAZ) has revealed that the country could run out of bread in a few days following the dwindling of flour stocks as a result of the country’s failure to pay for imported wheat.
GMAZ general manager Lynette Veremu sent a letter to the National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe (NBAZ) and stated that Zimbabwe cannot pay for 55,000 tonnes of imported wheat in bonded warehouses in Mozambique.
“We regret to advise that the current stocks for foreign wheat for bread flour have depleted to 5,800 tonnes and … we are left with less than eight days of national bread flour supplies.” read part of the letter.
GMAZ spokesperson Garikai Chaunza confirmed that the country is facing serious shortages of wheat.
“True, foreign wheat stocks have seriously depleted and we have been raising a red flag about this situation since August to authorities,” said Chaunza
The country, currently producing less than a third of its national wheat requirements estimated at 350 000 to 400 000 tonnes per annum, relies largely on imports for the staple cereal
Efforts to speak to Ngoni Mazango who is the president of NBAZ proved fruitless as he did not pick his phone on Wednesday.