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Zimbabwe Seeking Maize to Feed Nation in Ukraine, Mexico

Maize shortage in the region has forced the Zimbabwe millers to import maize from countries like Mexico. (Tiwonge Kumwenda)

Zimbabwe millers have put in place measures to ensure that the country has adequate supply of maize-meal, according to Tafadzwa Musarara, chairman of the Zimbabwe Millers' Association.

Musarara said his association has managed to secure maize to feed the nation for the next two and a half months while they wait for more consignments to reach the country.

“The maize situation has improved. We have moved from the six weeks cover in January to two and a half month cover,” said Musarara.

He said they were now buying the scarce commodity from countries like Mexico, Ukraine and Uruguay after neighbours Zambia and South Africa stopped selling maize to other nations.

“However, we have additional supplies coming in from Beira and also Maputo. We will be starting the Durban route and the Tanzania route,” he added.

Though he could not disclose how much the millers were paying for a tonne of maize, Musarara assured consumers that there won’t be any price increases of the staple food, mealie-meal.

He told Studio 7 they were expecting the first consignment of 90,000 metric tonnes through the port of Beira in the next few weeks.

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