The national Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has hired the services of Transnet Freight Rail of South Africa and Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro (CFM) of Mozambique to transport 6,000 tons of maize per day in order to prevent hunger in the country, said the company’s director-general.
The Minister for Agricultural Development, Mechanisation and Irrigation, Joseph Made, said recently the country needed to import 700,000 tons of maize between May and the next harvest in 2017 in order to prevent hunger as a result of the drought affecting plantations across Southern Africa.
The director-general of NRZ, Lewis Mukwada, told the Southern Time that the maize would be imported through the ports of Maputo and Beira, in Mozambique and others in South Africa.
Following the announcement by Zambia of a ban on exporting maize, the basis of the diet of the region’s population, Zimbabwe and the countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) started importing the grain from South America, particularly from Brazil and Argentina. (macauhub/MZ)