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Government to import 300 000t of SA maize

Itai Dzamara

GOVERNMENT has submitted an order to purchase about 300 000 tonnes of maize from South Africa to cover the looming deficit.



erif”>Sources at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and South African Grain Services last week said Zimbabwe has negotiated with the South African government for 300 000 tonnes of maize. The GMB has already received confirmation that the order will be met, sources said.


GMB acting chief executive officer Samuel Muvuti last week refused to comment on reports that government was importing maize.


“I can’t comment on that. If you say the maize will be delivered wait for the time it will be delivered,” Muvuti said.


Jaco Grobelaar, a Commodity Trading House economist in South Africa,said he had heard reports that Zimbabwe had purchased maize from South Africa. This followed the delivery two weeks ago of 1 808 tonnes of white maize to Zimbabwe.


An official at the South African Grain Service said another 5 000 tonnes of maize already paid for by the Zimbabwe government had been delivered by the end of last week.


Sources at the GMB confirmed that there was maize, which was delivered to the Harare depot last week.


The reports of maize imports from South Africa come after the parliamentary portfolio committee on Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement recently established through a survey on food stocks countrywide that the 2,4 million tonnes of maize forecast by government for this year’s harvest was hugely inflated.


The committee, which visited GMB silos, said the country would more likely end up with a maximum of 574 000 tonnes of maize this season.


The committee established that government had ordered over 200 000 tonnes of maize from outside the country by October despite denials by the GMB and Agriculture minister Joseph Made.

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