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Zimbabweans Respond To Reports That Zimbabwe Is Importing Maize From Zambia, Malawi

Zimbabweans Respond To Reports That Zimbabwe Is Importing Maize From Zambia, Malawi

There have been mixed responses to reports that Zimbabwe had secured 400 000 metric tonnes of maize from neighbouring Zambia and Malawi.

In a recent statement, Tafadzwa Musarara, the chairman of the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) said he was “pleased to inform the nation that GMAZ has secured 400,000 metric tonnes of white maize from Malawi and Zambia.”

Zimbabwe is expecting maize production for the 2021/22 season to fall to 1.56 million tonnes, from the previous season’s multi-year record of 2.72 million tonnes.

Despite the drop, some argued that the nation did well considering that the nation received poor rainfalls.

Prominent author, Tsitsi Dangarembga had this to say:

“Zambia is exporting 200 000 tonnes of Maize to Zimbabwe & another set to the DRC.” Friends, let’s discuss with our children how we used to laugh at Zambians. Perhaps that will break our habit of foolish scorn of others. We must: what we do to others we in the end do to ourselves.

Baba Nyenyedzi, an economist, said importing maize from the neighbouring countries was not something to be ashamed of. He said:

There is absolutely no shame in importing maize from Zambia and Malawi. The shame is the intricate scheme that required tonnes of inputs ostensibly to produce 3m metric tonnes. The shame is 78% of farmers that perennial default on their CA loans. These are the real saboteurs!

One Maindidajuma @maindidajuma said it was actually embarrassing considering that “we tell everyone ivhu nderedu [we own the land] and we cant use it. Kupiwa zvese from tractors, inputs, fuel, herbicides.”

Maindidajuma @maindidajuma added that despite all the efforts to capacitate the farmers, the yields are still frustrating, therefore, “some farmers must lose those farms if we are to feed nyika yedu [the nation]”

Nyamasvisva @Blackwave10 attributed poor yields to the government’s failure to invest in agriculture. Said Nyamasvisva:

While other progressive nations are mechanising their agriculture, here vanambuya kwanzi varime nezvibhakera our grandmothers use their hands]. 

This was apparent disapproval of Zimbabwe’s Pfumvudza/Intwasa concept which is a crop production intensification approach under which farmers ensure the efficient use of resources (inputs and labour) on a small area of land in order to optimize its management, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Nyamasvisva alleged that political elites were the only ones benefiting from national farm mechanisation schemes.

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7 Comments

Chimboti Pizza 4 weeks ago

Pasi neZANU Pamberi neCCC
VOTE CCC FOR CHANGE


CCC 2023 4 weeks ago

A shame full country that used to be a bread basket of Africa now abegger ,makadzinga varimi nerusarura ganda...now corrupt ZANU PF selling all food,to out siders,remember when ED in Murehwa saying time chibage that last us 3dry seasons tisinga tengi,...now ndezvipi,just one season the country is empty...wake up maZimba..


Asalif 4 weeks ago

that is totally true the beneficiaries of farm mechanisation don't even hire out the tractors , at the present moment the DDF don't have a single working tractor wonder where are the tractors, planters,boom sprayers, they don't have anything


Machiavelli 4 weeks ago

@Da Truth, I can feel your anger, your helplessness kusvika pekuti you are choking with emotion.

I agree with you bro. We as Zimbabweans, we as citizens, we as POVO need to exorcise the ghosts of ZANU.

Da truth 4 weeks ago

Patakatora ivhu taida kuti tipfumewo sevarungu ASI vamwe vedu vakaritengesa kune vamwe vatema .Ma small plots .Takakoniwa kutora ivhu Father Nkomo ,s way of getting back the land takati Father Nkomo was an **** tikaita chibhubhu chedu tavepapi .Strive was given his operational license by Nkomo the icon Father Zimbabwe.Then what happened was out of madness no victory after a fool,s battle 😠.We got what we wanted but now what .We have the land asintiri kitamburawani .We can't farm ,we can't produce enough for our industry,we can't feed our children.What next this yr yopedza seii? Nextyear todiii?Ipai vanhu nguva yekutonga vamwe vambouya neumwe muvono .TIKARAMBA TAKADAI IHONDO YATARIMA MUVHU ICHAMERA 1 DAY .NDAPEDZA HATIRAMBI TICHIMANYA PAMBURA INO NAYA TISINGA NYOROVI UMWE MUSI TINONYOROVA CHETE.NGUVA INOSVIKA YEKUBATIRANA MATEMO . ZIMBABWE NGATI ITIREI VANA VEDU .🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🌹

dispenser 4 weeks ago

nhasi we have enough tomorrow we are begging .matura Acho panezvikwambo here zviri kudya . where are the farmers , **** . **** ****est people


DIASPORA 4 weeks ago

VOTE FOR CHAMISA. VOTE FOR CCC



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