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Experts Question Harare's Projections on Winter Wheat Crop

With the winter wheat harvest picking up in some parts of the country, the government has yet to announce a new producer price, forcing farmers to hold on to their crop.

Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told parliament yesterday that the price is likely to be raised by 17% to 23%. Officials project a wheat crop of 220,000 metric tonnes, a little more than half the 400,000 tonnes the country needs each year.

But agricultural policy spokesman Seiso Moyo of the opposition faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he is expecting a much smaller harvest as many farmers lost crops to winter frost.

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