admin | May 25, 2015
The Zimbabwean government says it needs to import 700,000 tonnes of maize to avert food shortages. Other estimates suggest the figure may be closer to 900,000 tonnes.
John Robertson is a Zimbabwean economist. He says: “Paying for maize imports will be a big challenge unless [the Zimbabwean government] diverts funds from elsewhere … [The] government is failing to pay for many services and I believe it may leave the issue of food imports to the private sector.”
Tafadzwa Musararais is the president of the privately-owned Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe. He says the Association has secured 600,000 tonnes of maize from Zambia at a cost of $120 million U.S.
To read the full article, go to: http://www.irinnews.org/report/101496/zimbabwe-plunges-towards-a-food-crisis
Photo:Impact of a long dry spell on maize in Mhondoro-Ngezi district, about 160km south of the capital, Harare. Credit: IRIN