Skip to comments.Zimbabwe runs out of bread
Posted on 10/01/2007 7:08:53 PM PDT by george76
Harare admits land reform has failed as the deadline passes for the last white farmers to leave their land.
Zimbabwe's bakeries have shut and supermarkets have warned there will be no bread for the foreseeable future as the government admitted that wheat production had collapsed following the seizure of white-owned farms.
The agricultural ministry announcement that the wheat harvest is only about a third of what is required, and that imports are held up by lack of hard currency, came as a deadline passed today for the last white farmers to leave their land or face prosecution for trespass.
The maize harvest is expected to be equally dire and price controls to contain hyperinflation have emptied the stores of most other foodstuffs...
Last week, the government said it plans to import 100,000 tonnes of wheat but acknowledged that a shipment of 35,000 tonnes was held up in Mozambique because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for it.
The agriculture minister, Rugare Gumbo, has blamed the food shortages on black farmers who have taken over formerly white-owned land.
"I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers," ...
"I am disappointed that our new farmers have proved to be failures since the start of the land reform programme in 2000..."
The ministry of agriculture has also blamed electricity shortages...
The power shortages are likely to continue. Mozambique has reduced electricity supplies to Zimbabwe because of a $35m... unpaid bill...
Zimbabwe, once the world's second largest exporter of tobacco, has also seen production of its main cash crop nosedive...
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
Anything from Jimmah'...?
I’m just glad they got rid of that evil Ian Smith. Mugape showed Whitey!
Looks like those evil imperialist white farmers were feeding the country. It’s too late to do anything about it now. Too many people will starve before another crop can come in.
This is all England’s fault, you know. These are the repercussions of colonialism. </s>
No aid unless the current government abdicates
just like the soviet bread lines, and Canada and Britian medicine lines...
“I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers,” he said.
Wow, that sounds awfully like New Orleans.
What most appalling about this is that if this article were read to a liberal, they would still prefer Mugabe over Bush if you asked.
Soon they will run out of Zimbabweins.
Both places are contributing the same amount to their respective GDPs.
Move the UN from NYC to Harare, Zimbabwe as an object lesson in government control of production.
Let them eat cake.
“Peace has come to Zimbabwe
Third world’s right on the one
Now’s the time for celebration
‘cause we’ve only just begun” — Stevie Wonder, 1980
Recipes from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has an interesting history. Its name means “house of stone,” referring to the ancient city of Zimbabwe from which the Shona people ruled and conducted a gold trade between the 8th and the 15th centuries. Its more recent history echoes that of most of Africa dealing with a colonial past. The presence of Europeans and their descendants have influenced the cuisine of the country, but the majority of the people eat the food familiar in much of sub-Saharan Africa: corn, cassava, millet, pumpkin, peanuts and yams. The importance of peanuts, which were brought to Africa by the Portuguese in the 16th century, is seen in the recipes below.
Salted Groundnuts (Zimbabwe) serves 2 to 4
1 cup peanuts, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ cup warm water
Toast the peanuts in a frying pan, without oil, stirring frequently so they do not burn. (a cast-iron pan works well)
When the peanuts are very hot, dissolve the salt in warm water. Pour this over the peanuts and keep stirring while the heat is high. Suddenly all the water will disappear and the nuts will be coated with salt.
Continue to cook for three minutes to remove any moisture.
Recipe from The World in Your Kitchen by Troth Wells, Second Story Press, 1993, p. 40
Corn Meal with Pumpkin (Zimbabwe) serves 4
Nhopi - this is a popular dish among Zimbabweans
1 cup corn meal ½ teaspoon sugar
2 cups water 2 tablespoons peanut butter
½ pound pumpkin, peeled, cooked and mashed (include any cooking liquid)
salt to taste
Bring the water to a boil in a good-sized saucepan and put in the corn meal. Cook, stirring frequently, until it forms a porridge.
Next, stir in the mashed pumpkin. Then add the sugar, peanut butter and salt and combine all ingredients well.
Continue to cook for a few minutes over low heat, adding about ½ cup of the retained pumpkin cooking water if necessary to make the consistency you prefer. Serve immediately with spinach or another leafy green.
Recipe from The World in Your Kitchen by Troth Wells, Second Story Press, 1993, p. 73
Peanut Butter Stew (Zimbabwe) serves 4-6
2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 green peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons butter 1 chicken, cut into pieces
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced and crushed 3 to 4 fresh tomatoes (or 1 large can of tomatoes)
1 teaspoon salt & ½ teaspoon pepper 6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 chili pepper or ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ pound spinach or pumpkin leaves
In a large stew pot over medium heat, sauté onions in butter until golden brown. Add garlic, salt and hot peppers.
Stir for 2 or 3 minutes then add green peppers and chicken. Brown the chicken.
When all the chicken pieces are brown on every side, mash tomatoes with a fork and mix them into the stew, along with about 2 cups water. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Thin the peanut butter with a few spoons of hot broth and add half the resulting paste to the pot. Simmer until the meat is well-cooked.
In a separate pot, boil spinach or pumpkin leaves for several minutes until tender. Drain and toss with the remainder of the peanut paste. Serve stew and greens side by side.
Recipe from The Africa News Cookbook, by the Africa News Service, Inc., 1985, p. 44
Am I expected to care?
Sorry, my “give a damn” is busted.
have those guys heard of recipezaar.com? Theyâve got hundreds of recipes for bread on there. All you need is a couple of cups of flour, water, yeast, and salt. Then theyâll have lots of bread. Heck, they got several recipes for quiche
Just blame global warming and George Bush and the liberals will come running.
So just to see if I've got this straight, they're given license to steal the land, and then this clownbag is "disappointed" when they go ahead and steal everything that's on it.
I believe Mr. Gumbo is about to find out he's in the wrong time and place to be named after a food...
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