The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) is importing at least 40 000 to 50 000 tonnes of maize every month from Zambia and South Africa to augment local supplies.
This was said by GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara while speaking in an interview with NewsDay. He said:
We are currently importing about 40 to 50 000 tons of maize monthly from Zambia and South Africa. So this is helping us to supplement our local stocks.
Last farming season (2021-22), there was a huge investment in the farming of maize, but the rains affected the crop.
But we are happy that the whole programme (imports) is well choreographed in a way that our millers remain viable, the consumer continues to have their product and by-products for livestock are also available.
Musarara said the Russia-Ukraine war has not negatively affected Zimbabwe’s wheat and maize supply. He said:
The maize supply remains above adequate. On the wheat side, particularly flour, supply is dwarfed by demand.
The coincidence is that we got a harvest at a time when our biggest supplier was now engaged in a war.
In terms of the movement of grain, we have not been impacted negatively by the war. Prices have been stable, so we have survived it.