The flour supply shortage that hit the country is soon to stabilise as the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) will transport 30 000 metric tonnes of wheat which had been delayed Mozambique.
200 trucks have already been dispatched to compliment National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) wheat transportation from Mozambique.
Speaking to journalists in Mutare GMAZ chairman Mr Tafadzwa Musarara indicated that the flour crisis is soon to stabilise as more wheat is expected into the country by road to compliment its movement by train.
“In the next week or two we will be able to supply everyone. Prioritising bread, bakers self-raising flour and all other users including biscuits, pizza and buns. We are aiming that by 20 November the situation would have normalised in as far as wheat flour supply is concerned. In order to stabilise we would like to pump in perhaps 60 trucks a day but with that comes the issue road carnages. We do not bring in enough wagons into Harare as we want complementing with wheels on the road. It also costs more. Each truck pays $1 000 more plus there are issues of permits involved,” he said.
Zimbabwe consumes at least 1.8 million loaves of bread per day.
The country needs 400 000 metric tonnes of wheat per year and it relies mostly on wheat imports as it only produces about 200 000 metric tonnes of wheat per year.