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Zimbabwe's Agriculture Authority Issues $75 Million Grain Bills to Buy Maize

FILE: A Zimbabwean subsistence farmer holds a stunted maize cob in his field outside Harare, January 20, 2016.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) has issued $75 million in grain bills to purchase maize from farmers, the authority’s financial advisor CBZ Bank said on Monday.

AMA, a government agency tasked with marketing agricultural produce, will raise the money to buy the grain through, the Grain Marketing Board, which is a separate state entity, CBZ said in a statement.

Grain bills are bonds specifically meant for purchasing maize and are guaranteed by the Zimbabwean government.

Zimbabwe’s maize output is estimated at 1.7 million tonnes this year, down from 2.15 million tonnes in 2017, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. (Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe Editing by Edmund Blair)

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