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Maize Imports To Start Trickling In

Maize Imports To Start Trickling In

The first batch of the 400 000 tonnes of maize imports purchased by the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) from Zambia and Malawi is expected in the country this week.

The grain will be coming from the Food Reserve Agency of Zambia and the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) of Malawi.

GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara said 30 000 tonnes of maize will land in the country this week. Said Musarara:

Everything is on course to bring into the country the maize millers are importing from Zambia and Malawi.

We are bringing in 30 000 tonnes in July and the first consignment is expected in the first week of July.

Grain millers plan to import a total of 800 000 tonnes this year.

National Consumer Rights Association spokesperson Effie Ncube welcome the importation of grain, saying this will stabilise the price of mealie meal. Ncube said:

The importation of grain is a welcome move. Many households already require food assistance since not all of them were able to harvest sufficient yields due to drought. Also, prices go up whenever a product is in short supply versus the high demand.

Therefore, it is important that together with bringing in more grain to assure food security, other measures are taken to arrest the cost of doing business and unethical business practices.

In May, GMAZ announced it would import US$100 million worth of grain after Cabinet in February invited private millers with free funds to complement local stocks.

The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) expects farmers to deliver 1.5 million tonnes during the ongoing marketing season against an annual national demand of 2.2 million tonnes.

Out of 2.2 million tonnes needed each year, 1.8 million tonnes are for human consumption and 350 000 tonnes are for livestock.

More: The Sunday Mail

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poorvho 1 month ago

Is Zimbabwe in a different climate region from Malawi & Zambia, kana kuti the difference is in the farmers. Remember 'A bad carpenter blames his tools', Zimbabwe's scapegoat is always the weather and sanctions.

sugar boy 1 month ago

kkkkkkk kwasara kuti hondo yeku Ukraine yavhiringifza Rainfall pertain yedu

The Adjudicator 1 month ago


Blamegame 1 month ago

Drought of competence.

VZ 1 month ago

importing maize with 240usd per tonne but you fail to empower your own farmers by giving them that usd for their maize, shame on you.

VZ 1 month ago

@Pizza vachimboImporterei kunge chibage chisipo

sugar boy 1 month ago

hee takatora minda mukaita sei nayo heeee command agriculture heeee pfumvudza madhongi Aya hapana zviripo kuba Mari chete.

ZANU-PF OFFICIAL 1 month ago

ya it's true we are importing maize from Zambia becoz war in Ukraine and Russia has affected our Rainfall season.

Zuze 1 month ago

Shefu makanganwa maSanctions futi ndiwo akaita kuti tishaye fertiliser nembeu.

Uku Chamisa achibva akonzeresa maBye-erection


Swagger 1 month ago


ABSA 1 month ago

Makuvatera varungu vamakadzinga muno kunotenga chibage kunyanya uyo wepa Zambia anonzi NIKOaizadza matura epa Banket murungu iyeye

Jorijo 1 month ago

Y importing,, last time we were assured that our grain is enough

CDE 1 month ago

Kkkk zano inokunyepera zvinoita kuti unzwe kufara after all you will realize kuti it was flattery, myth an absolute deception kana wozonzwa vari pa.ground votaura. Zano inonyepa then ozotiudza chokwadi saka musangano uyu i d u z v i chairo.

maleman 1 month ago


winter 1 month ago


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