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Dispossessed farmers to export maize to Zim

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ZIMBABWE is set to import maize and seeds from farmers who migrated to Zambia after losing their land under the land reform exercise.

ica, sans-serif”>The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stan Mudenge, two weeks ago said Zambia was ready to export maize to Zimbabwe.

One of the farmers, Peter McSporran, confirmed that Zimbabwe’s former commercial farmers had produced a good maize crop which they would export to Zimbabwe.

“Former commercial farmers who have settled here are close to 50,” said McSporran.

“These farmers managed to grow over 30 000 tonnes of maize and next year this is likely to increase to about 50 000 tonnes and most of it will be exported.”

McSporran said they were also targeting Zimbabwe for the export of agricultural seeds.

“We also hope to export seeds to Zimbabwe and this includes seed maize in excess of 12 000 tonnes, soyabeans and wheat,” he said.

Zimbabwe has a deficit of 1,2 million tonnes of maize and farmers have complained that they do not have enough seeds for the next season.

The taskforce on food security, together with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, would work out the modalities of importing maize after assessing the quantity required.

Mudenge acknowledged that Malawi and South Africa also had bumper harvests and said it would be quicker and cheaper to import maize from these countries than from suppliers in the Americas.

Ironically, Zimbabwe was a net exporter of maize before the war veterans led farm invasions.

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