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Zimbabwe Forced to Import Maize

Zimbabwe will import 250,000 metric tons of maize from Mexico after an El-Nino induced drought this year that has left up to four million people in need of food aid, agriculture minister Joseph Made said.

He told reporters the maize from Mexico will start arriving in the country soon and that some more maize will be imported from neighboring Zambia and South Africa.

“The bulk of the maize will be coming from Mexico and Zambia. We anticipate upwards of 250,000 tons will be coming from Mexico, the balance will obviously be coming from Zambia and South Africa,” he said.

The Zimbabwean government has stated that it needs to import about 700,000 metric tons of the staple maize this year to plug the food deficit caused by the drought.

Steve Bridger

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