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Milling, Baking Workers Laid Off As Zimbabwe Wheat Shortage Continues

A persistent shortage of wheat has led Zimbabwean milling and baking companies to lay off hundreds of workers, reports and industry sources said.

The state-run Herald newspaper quoted Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe Chairman Mike Manga as saying 15 milling companies, including the country’s two largest, Blue Ribbon Foods and Victoria Milling, have halted their milling operations. The Daily Mirror reported that Innscor has laid off 700 workers due to grain shortages.

Innscor bread manager Owen Murumbi declined to speak about the problems. But Innscor workers confirmed there have been significant layoffs.

Economist Godfrey Kanyenze, cirector of the Labor and Economic Development Institute, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Harare must work much more closely with those in the food production chain.

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