News of the South HARARE – Zimbabwe’s top grain meal supplier has announced its impending closure leaving the country in a state of uncertainty over the availability of bread which some have also interpreted to be a sign of returning to the 2008 hunger situation.
In a letter issued out to customers on Monday, National foods said the reason for closure us the shortage of foreign currency in the country and as a consequence national foods has faced consequences in settling it’s foreign wheat suppliers.
“Unfortunately, due to the delays in repatriating payments to our foreign wheat suppliers, our wheat suppliers have today instructed National Foods to immediately cease draw down of wheat stocks.
“National Foods will mill out the wheat in process, and we anticipate both our mills in Harare and Bulawayo to close on Wednesday 5th December,” read the letter.
The company will supply the limited stock it has on hand but unless the payment situation is rectified they will be out of stock of Baker’s flour later this week.
“National Foods continues to work with the authorities to resolve this foreign payment issue.
“We would like to reassure you that we have a full pipeline of both imported and local wheat booked and once payment is made we will restart milling operations,” they added.
The crisis has come to add on to the existing hardships Zimbabweans are facing with shortages of fuel among other basic commodities.