AGRICULTURE Minister Perrance Shiri has admitted there was nothing to celebrate about Zimbabwe’s assumed farming successes when grain silos were empty with the country now forced to rely on maize imports to feed the nation.

The minister was speaking at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Kwekwe Farm last week where the Head of State was hosting a field day.

Shiri had to reprimand Seedco Managing Director Dennis Zaranyika who had made a contribution congratulating Mnangagwa, the First Lady and the Agricultural Ministry for being beacons of light in the agricultural sector.

In his speech, Zaranyika had told guests: “We have to congratulate Baba na Amai (Mnangagwa and his wife Auxilia) for hosting this successful field day by showing the meaning of successful agriculture.

“I would also want to congratulate the agricultural ministry for the efforts they are taking in agricultural initiatives in the country.”

However, Shiri felt the praises were unnecessary as Zimbabwe was going through one of its worst famines since independence in 1980 with over 8.8 million Zimbabweans – more than half of the country’s population – in need of food aid.