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Malawi and Zambia to supply Zimbabwe with 400,000 tons of maize

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Malawi and Zambia to supply Zimbabwe with 400,000 tons of maize

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has announced that Zimbabwe will import 400,000 tonnes of white maize from Zambia and Malawi, as the country faces a lower crop this year due to irregular rains.

Since the turn of the century, when it seized white-owned farms, Zimbabwe has battled food insecurity. Droughts have been common in the country over the years, and circumstances are anticipated to deteriorate as temperatures rise due to climate change.

The government expects maize production to be 1.56 million tonnes in the 2021/22 season, down from a multi-year high of 2.72 million tonnes the previous season.

Zimbabwe requires 2.2 million tonnes of grain per year for human and livestock use, and the government has urged private millers and livestock feed companies to import some grain to make up for the shortfall.

In a statement, GMAZ chairman Tafadzwa Musarara said, “I am glad to inform the nation that GMAZ has secured 400,000 metric tonnes of white maize from Malawi and Zambia.

Zimbabwe is expected to begin getting maize by the end of June, according to him.

Millers in Zimbabwe have been raising prices due to greater import and manufacturing costs. As a result, the government has made it possible for citizens to import maize meals and other food items duty-free.

Millers raised maize meal and wheat flour prices by 15% in March, with subsequent increases of 52% and 31% for maize meal and wheat flour, respectively, in April.

Food price inflation has intensified the difficulties faced by a country still recovering from a long-running economic crisis, which was aggravated by Covid-19 and the quick depreciation of a local currency restored in 2019.

According to the International Monetary Fund, Zimbabwe had 500 billion percent hyperinflation in December 2008, and is now in a new era of fast price increases, with year-on-year inflation climbing to 131.7 percent in May, up from 60.6 percent in January.

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