ORDINARY Zimbabweans have dismissed calls by the country's farmers' groups for a blanket ban on maize imports which they claim was aimed at protecting an inefficient local industry.
Poor Zimbabweans feel that competition being brought by the imported products has ensured prices of the staple food remained affordable to everyone.
Local farmers argued that competition brought by the imports has deprived them the opportunity of selling their produce at their preferred
"We sincerely believe that our joint paper signed today provides the requisite solutions to protect and promote all players in the maize value chain. The players are farmers, millers, traders and consumers," read the petition.
"If these measures are implemented, prices of maize meal will remain stable and uptake of local maize will increase, sales for seeds and other inputs will jump and as farmers, we will be able to prepare adequately for the next farming season."
But Zimbabweans who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com insisted decisions of such public interest must never be left to the whims of a few individuals.
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"If the local product (mealie meal) is good and the price is affordable, the South African companies would not be sending any of their products here so why ban them," he said.
"They should look at how the Buy Zimbabwe Campaign is failing to gain ground here; prices and quality determines what I buy not who is producing," added Saneliso Ncube.
"If the prices of locally produced mealie meal and other goods remain as they are and help to push our monthly basket down and that there is guarantee that prices of the same product will go a little bit down next harvesting season, then that will be good news to Zimbabwean consumers some of whom are battling to put a meal on the table," she said.
The CCZ boss said that they were given assurances by the millers and farmers representatives that this could happen as there were good chances that
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