Harare - Zimbabwe’s authorities have granted the country's Grain Market Board (GMB) permission to import 230 000 tons of maize from Zambia, reports Chronicle.
According to the report the State Procurement Board has allowed the GMB to start importing about 30 000 tons which are urgently needed in the southern African country.
Following a poor harvesting season due to drought, the Southern African country needs more than 1.8 million tons of maize to avert the crisis.
The drought, which extends to South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer, has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern and follows dry spells last year that affected countries from Zimbabwe to Malawi, the report has claimed.
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According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics agency the southern African nation has imported maize worth $149. 4 million between January and November last year, the report further claimed.
The report said that the maize would be distributed to the most affected areas including Masvingo, Matabeleland South Matabeleland, which according to reports have been most affected areas.
Reports last month indicated that the country was left with only eight weeks' supply of grain maize stock.
- News 24