Transport Minister Dennis Norman’s visit to South Africa last month was not only aimed at arranging transport for Zimbabwe’s maize imports but also to persuade the South Africans to loan Zimbabwe some maize, The Insider understands.
The recent increase in the producer price of cotton coupled with the fact that the Cotton Marketing Board itself has become one of the first agricultural parastatals to operate at a profit should be encouraging news to all farmers though this will obviously be dampened by the uncertain future due to the current drought.
Zimbabwe is likely to lose out on a new coffee agreement arranged by Latin American and African farmers recently to by-pass existing middlemen and make supplies direct to international markets thereby almost doubling revenue from the crop sales.
With more and more people living on the edge, not sure about whether they will be able to have their next meal, people are not just changing their eating habits, but their drinking habits as well.
Industry and Commerce Minister Kumbirai Kangai’s rallying call to consumers to show their mettle and force prices down, has recently shown that it can work provided his ministry creates the right atmosphere.