Zimbabwe wheat farmers to suffer power cuts


Zimbabwean wheat farmers will not be spared power cuts as the nation suffers its worst power crisis in three years, energy minister Fortune Chasi said Thursday.

He told a parliamentary committee on energy that the farmers would get power for four days in a week, as the nation rolls out a biting load shedding schedule that is leaving people without power for up to 10 hours per day.

He said while government will try its best to prioritize farmers, it would be forced to cut power to them if the power situation is dire.

Zimbabwe is currently generating 1,100 megawatts of electricity, against demand of 1,500 MW.

The minister also urged state hospitals to invest in solar energy to reduce demand for power.

The country is facing severe power shortages due to low generation at Kariba power plant due to low dam water levels.

A shortage of foreign currency to pay debts and for power has also curtailed the country’s power imports from the region. Enditem

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