Zimbabwe has become a self-sufficient agricultural powerhouse as it has registered its largest wheat produce in 2022 of about 375,000 tons.
The Southern African country’s wheat harvest experienced a 13 percent increase which was higher than the previous year, a kind that has not been seen in a half-century.
Due to this agricultural output production on wheat, the country no longer needs to import wheat to meet its needs, as it saves up 300 million dollars in import costs.
In addition, the country has set up a policy of distributing fertilizer, and buying crops through a public body known as the Grain Marketing Board which has won over farmers, and so also the area sown to wheat has increased by 10%.
Zimbabwe now stands out for its proactive policy despite the current situation of African countries suffering from the absence or high cost of Russian and Ukrainian wheat.
Prior to this revelation, the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund approved a grant of around $25.65 million to assist Zimbabwe enhance domestic food production and supply.
It focused on key agricultural products such as wheat, maize, oilseeds, soybeans and sunflower.
According to the African Development Bank’s Director General in Southern Africa, Leila Mokaddem, the project was focused to mitigate the food insecurity situation in Zimbabwe which was resulted from a poor agriculture season due to rainfall deficits and impacts of the Russia/Ukraine war.
In November, the President of Zimbabwe, Dr. Emerson Mnangagwa, beckoned on investors to realize the massive investment opportunities in the country and ignore the negative perceptions of risk.
Zimbabwe prides itself as an unique example to Africans on wheat production.