Recently the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) announced that bread production would go down by 50% and there is suspension of flour distribution to confectioneries until wheat imports improve.
Bread supplies remain limited as Zimbabwe grapples with a crippling foreign currency shortage that has seen the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe struggle to pay for wheat imports. High density suburbs and rural areas are particularly affected with many shops going without supplies altogether while some shops have begun limiting customers to a specific number of loaves.
GMAZ chairman Tafadzwa Musarara, two days ago issued a letter to millers that the association had suspended allocation of flour to confectioneries.
“It was in the nation’s best food security interest that bread supplies improve nationwide for the benefit of all households. In view of the foregoing, you are, therefore strongly advised that with immediate effect.”
“For the next 14 days, suspend flour supplies to biscuit and confectionery baking entities and prioritise Lobels, Baker Inn, Proton, Natbake, Oceans Bakery, Central Millers and Bakery and Major in store bakeries (Spar, TM, PicknPay, OK,”Musarara said
According to iHarare areas like Machipisa bread queues have started emerging where customers are urged to buy not more than two loaves of bread per individual.
Could this be the genesis of the 2008 era where Zimbabweans experienced price hikes and individuals had to be rationed commodities before purchase, where quadrillionaires couldn’t afford to buy a loaf of bread. A period where Zimbabweans witnessed bread coming in different shapes and sizes and buying basic commodities was excruciating if not impossible.
Fuel has been scarce lately as a result long-winding ques at pump stations around Harare have become more visible.