Government has projected the 2018/19 cereal production at 714 598 which will not be enough to feed the nation, an official has said.
Addressing journalists at a post cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa said government was seized with the matter.
“Cabinet received a preliminary cereal sufficiency report for the 2018/19 agricultural season from the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement.
“The report showed that cereal production in 2018/19 is protected at 714598 metric tonnes of cereal grain.
“Cabinet is seized with the fact that there will not be enough,” she said.
Mutsvangwa said Government was taking steps to ensure that food security is guaranteed.
“Government is taking steps to ensure that national food security is guaranteed. There are a lot of interventions which Government will be doing like growing winter maize for example, making sure that we increase production of sweet potatoes and when it be to look into the possibility of importing,” she said.
She said food security was the number one priority for president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
“The government is very much seized and alive to the fact that food security is the number one issue which they need to be concerned about,” she said.
Mutsvangwa said the projected metric tonnes of cereal excludes what the country has in its strategic grain reserve.
“This excludes what we have in the strategic grain reserve at GMB,” Mutsvangwa said.