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Zimbabwe's biggest milling company shuts down flour plants
Zim Online ^ | 2005-10-11

Posted on 10/11/2005 10:33:06 AM PDT by Clive

HARARE -- Zimbabwe's biggest milling firm, National Foods, has shut down its flour mills because of a severe wheat shortage that bakers on Monday said could see bread supplies drying up in the next few days.

In a letter to the Ministry of Industry and International Trade a copy of which was seen by ZimOnline, National Foods financial director John Pilgrim said the firm that employs several hundred people had as of October 10, 2005 shut down its flour making plants in Harare and Bulawayo.

Pilgrim said the decision to shut down the plants was taken after the last 400 tonnes of wheat had been milled last Saturday while there were no indications of further supplies from the government's Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

"We have not received orders from GMB and therefore our Harare and Bulawayo mills will be closed from Monday 10 October 2005 until we receive further wheat allocations," read part of Pilgrim's letter that was sent to Industry Ministry on October 6.

Industry sources said National Foods, which controls a 70 percent share of the flour market, was the only milling company that until now was still supplying most bakers.

The second biggest miller Blue Ribbons Foods stopped milling two weeks ago after running out of wheat while Victoria Foods, which is the third biggest miller, was said to have a few more tonnes of wheat left in stock.

National Bakers Association executive member David Govere said the wheat shortage had grounded the flour making industry and warned Zimbabwe could run out of bread in the coming weeks.

Bread, which sells for about Z$28,000 or slightly above US$1 a standard loaf, was already in short supply in the country.

Govere said: "What I knew was that only National Foods was left with a substantial tonnage of wheat and they were also very few stocks at Victoria Foods. As for Blue Ribbons, they have not milled anything for the past two weeks."

Both GMB boss Samuel Muvuti and Industry Minister Obert Mpofu could not be reached for comment on the matter.

Zimbabwe consumes 30,000 tonnes of wheat every month. The country used to grow about 90 percent of its wheat requirement with the remainder that was imported being used mainly to mix with locally produced wheat to improve flour quality.

But Zimbabwe has been unable to produce enough wheat since President Robert Mugabe began seizing farms from whites giving them to landless black villagers who have failed to maintain production because they lack skills and inputs.

In addition to wheat, Zimbabwe is also facing acute shortages of the main staple maize. An estimated four million people out of the country's population of 12 million people could starve unless more than a million tonnes of food aid is urgently supplied. - ZimOnline


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Wheat is a winter crop, maize is a summer crop.

Wheat should have been harvested by now and land preparation for planting maize should by now be well advanced.

1 posted on 10/11/2005 10:33:07 AM PDT by Clive
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2 posted on 10/11/2005 10:33:45 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Clive
Zimbabwe, oh oh
Mugabe, oh oh oh oh
Nel blu dipinto di blu
Felice di stare lassu

3 posted on 10/11/2005 10:39:54 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Clive

"Redistribution" of farms must not be working........again. We'll soon hear cries for help from the stingy US for not responding fast enough to this "natural" disaster.


4 posted on 10/11/2005 10:40:38 AM PDT by caisson71
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To: Clive
Ah yes. No wheat in the "Breadbasket of Africa".

This has to be the fault of the few remaining white farmers.

5 posted on 10/11/2005 10:42:22 AM PDT by Kenton (Only when Americans realize that the Islamists intend to replace the U.S. Constitution with Shari’a)
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To: Clive
Another glorious victory for Zimbabwe's Dear Leader,Comrade Mugabe.Zimbabwe simply cannot become a Workers' And Peasants' Paradise until all white farmers *and* white business are driven from the land.

Get out,white devils!!!

6 posted on 10/11/2005 10:48:25 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: Clive

Mugabe's paradise rivals North Korea in food production.


7 posted on 10/11/2005 10:50:34 AM PDT by rod1
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To: Clive

Let them eat cake...


8 posted on 10/11/2005 10:52:02 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I have also read that they no longer have any oil or gasoline, that the entire country is shutting down and sliding back into a (stone age) workers paradise. .


9 posted on 10/11/2005 10:55:37 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Clive

I am sure their fellow marxists in South Africa will save them. /you really need a sarc tag?


10 posted on 10/11/2005 10:59:03 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: Clive
What has caused Africa's decline, and how much further will it go? Muslims will eventually take over.
11 posted on 10/11/2005 11:04:03 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: jpsb

Don't worry, soon Bono from U2 will be up our collective asses browbeating us with his particular band of white guilt to help feed these poor black helpless angels.


12 posted on 10/11/2005 11:04:48 AM PDT by steel_resolve
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To: steel_resolve
"Don't worry,"

Yes I am certain this is somehow our fault, I will be curuous to see just how that is so, but no doubt it will be and no doubt we will be suckered into trying to fix the unfixable.

I worry that the same will happen to South Africa too. Seems they are no the same path, just no quite this far down the trail.

13 posted on 10/11/2005 11:12:17 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Clive

"In addition to wheat, Zimbabwe is also facing acute shortages of the main staple maize. An estimated four million people out of the country's population of 12 million people could starve unless more than a million tonnes of food aid is urgently supplied."

Hey, what's important in the People's Paradise is that the Marxist egalitarian plan to redistribute the land to the deserving be implemented; starvation is a mere detail.

Power to the people (of color).


14 posted on 10/11/2005 11:31:00 AM PDT by reelfoot
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To: Clive
"Bread, which sells for about Z$28,000 or slightly above US$1 a standard loaf, was already in short supply in the country."

I have the picture of a wheelbarrow load of Bongo-Bucks being carried to the store to buy one load of bread...
16 posted on 10/11/2005 11:57:29 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: reelfoot
"... starvation is a mere detai"

In the hands of a Marxist, it is not a mere detail, it is a political weapon.

17 posted on 10/11/2005 3:47:54 PM PDT by Clive
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To: steel_resolve
"Don't worry, soon Bono from U2 will be up our collective asses browbeating us with his particular band of white guilt to help feed these poor black helpless angels."

Sorry, but I ran out of sympathy for these misfits long ago. Perhaps if the people get hungry enough, they will overthrow the Mugabe regime.

Meanwhile, not one more cent from this Whitey. I'm all "sympathied" out!

18 posted on 10/11/2005 4:29:49 PM PDT by albee ("Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Clive

Mugabe is blaming Aid organizations for his problems. They don't supply food fast enough, so his people are starving. Doubtless he'll blame Aid groups for having to shut the mills. He is a monster.


19 posted on 10/11/2005 4:33:54 PM PDT by hershey
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To: Clive
"But Zimbabwe has been unable to produce enough wheat since President Robert Mugabe began seizing farms from whites giving them to landless black villagers who have failed to maintain production because they lack skills and inputs.

What inputs?

20 posted on 10/11/2005 7:09:16 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
What inputs?

The eeville Whitey would not give them the secret codes for, uh, making stuff plant itself and grow.

21 posted on 10/11/2005 7:14:42 PM PDT by Alouette (Islam gives terrorism a bad name.)
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To: blam
The biggest inputs are fertilizer and seed, both of which are in short supply, and irrigation water which depends on properly maintained drip irrigation lines and equipment

The farm invasions put the seed grower farms out of existence and what seed that was left in storage got eaten.

There have been instances of farmers who had been forcibly driven off their land receiving calls from the "settlers" who replaced them to come fix the pumps on the bore holes that the settlers had burnt out.

There have been instances of settlers ignoring irrigation equipment while they sent their wives and children on kilometer long hikes to the nearest stream to fetch water.

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There's a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa a hole

Go fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
Go fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.

With what shall I fix it, dear Lisa dear Lisa
With what shall I fix it, dear Lisa with what

With a straw dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
With a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a straw

But the straw is too long, dear Lisa dear Lisa
The straw is too long, dear Lisa too long

Cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
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With what shall I cut it, dear Lisa, dear Lisa
With what shall I cut it, dear Lisa with what

With an axe, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
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The axe is too dull, dear Lisa, dear Lisa
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Sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
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On what shall I sharpen it, dear Lisa dear Lisa
On what shall I hone it, dear Lisa on what

On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a stone

But the stone is too dry, dear Lisa dear Lisa
The stone is too dry, dear Lisa too dry

Well wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
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With what shall I wet it, dear Lisa, dear Lisa
With what shall I wet it, dear Lisa with what

Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, use water

In what shall I fetch it, dear Lisa, dear Lisa
In what shall I fetch it, dear Lisa in what

In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, in a bucket

(but...but..) There's a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa, dear Lisa
There's a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa a hole

23 posted on 10/12/2005 6:55:32 AM PDT by Clive
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