Zimbabwe bans the import of maize grains as production surge at home.
This year alone, 2.7 million metric tonnes of maize are expected to be harvested after the country experienced the longest drought and floods last year which didn’t only destroy crops but also left people hungry and displaced which prompted the government to start importing maize grains and depending on aide.
According to the Zimbabwe ministry of agriculture, this year’s harvests will be more than 1 million metric tonnes needed for consumption in the country and that’s why the government decided to open its grains storage facilities to start buying the excess grains from Farmers inorder stability prices in the market and also help formers gain from their hard work.
Together with Treasury, the government has so far bought around 750000 tonnes of maize grains and is expected to buy more from the farmers.
The government’s effort to buy maize grains from Farmers has helped formers to keep the price competitive and also avoid middlemen who usually distort prices to gain more profits.
It’s estimated that around 1.8 million metric tonnes of maize grains are expected by the end of the season especially as moisture reduces in the middle of this year.
This will help the government to fill its grains reserve for future emergencies instead of always relying on aid from outside countries.
The government says that whose Farmers who have decided to sell their maize to fill the national grain reserve get their pay within 72 hours or up a week of delivery.
Its this unprecedented increase in maize harvests that the Zimbabwe government decided to ban the importation of maize grains into the country since its no longer necessary to bring more maize grains and risk market destabilization.