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Zimbabwe poised for bumper maize harvest

February 24, 2014

At least 1.2 million metric tonnes of maize are expected to be harvested in Zimbabwe, more than last year's yield, The Standard newspaper reported on Monday.According to the newspaper, quoting the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers' Union (ZCFU )the next yields are likely to be one and half more than those of 2013 which stood at 800, 000 metric tonnes.

Both last year and this year's maize yields fall short of the national requirement of 2,1 million metric tonnes.

It quoted ZCFU president, Wonder Cha-bikwa saying significant harvests are also expected in the usually dry parts of the country such as Masvingo and Matabeleland South provinces.

According to him, the volume of food and commercial crop harvests for the year will increase.

He said tobacco was already being auctioned while cotton is set for a good harvest in dry lands of Chiredzi, Save Valley and Gokwe.

Since sanctions over a controversial land redistribution policy, a former breadbasket Zimbabwe has been struggling to cope with its citizens' food demands, relying on imports from neighbouring South Africa and Zambia.

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Source: Agence de Presse Africaine

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