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JUST IN: VP Chiwenga calls a press conference

By Staff Writer

VICE PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga has called a press conference this Friday morning at his offices at the New Munhumutapa Office Building in Harare.

According to an invitation circular seen by Zimbabwe Voice, the Vice President has requested that each media house be represented by not more than two personnel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Press Conference, which has been slated for 10.30 hrs, will centre on Winter Wheat Production.

The Vice President was recently in China on medical checkup, and has since resigned normal office duties.

Over the years Zimbabwe has been a net wheat importer and Government has since included wheat under Command Agriculture to boost production.

Under the programme, wheat farmers received input support that included seed, fertilisers and herbicides, among others.

The country requires 460 000 tonnes of wheat every year to avoid bread shortages and current efforts are expected to progressively increase production to wipe out the deficit.

Briefing the media during recently, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Cabinet considered the 2020 winter wheat pre-planting price and the 2019-2020 soya bean producer floor prices.

“Cabinet considered the 2020 winter wheat pre-planting price and the 2019-2020 soya bean producer floor prices as presented by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Perrance Shiri on behalf of the chair of the Cabinet Committee on Food Security and Nutrition and approved as follows; that the pre-planting winter wheat producer floor price be pegged at ZW$11 786, 44 per tonne at a margin of 20 percent, assuming a yield of four tonnes per hectare; and the premium price for grade A wheat be set at ZW$14 143, 73 which is 20 percent above the wheat producer floor price,” said Mutsvangwa. – Zimbabwe Voice

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