Sunday, July 17, 2005

food exports heading into Zim


Zimbabwe has begun a massive programme to import food from South Africa to feed 4m people which the United Nations estimates are in need of food aid.

The state-run Grain Marketing Board head said imports of 1.8m tons of maize should be enough until June next year.

The government had predicted a bumper harvest but blamed drought for the shortfall, not its controversial land reform programme.

Zimbabwe has been slow to take UN food, saying it wants to feed its own people....

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