INTERNATIONAL – Zimbabwe’s government plans to boost corn imports as adverse weather slashes the southern African nation’s harvest.
The country’s Grain Marketing Board will float an international tender to import 750 000 tons of the grain, Joseph Gondo, chief director of Zimbabwe’s agriculture ministry, said by phone from Harare.
Gondo declined to provide a timeframe for the tender, though he said the paperwork has been completed. That amount would mark Zimbabwe’s largest corn imports in a season in three years, according to US Department of Agriculture data.
It also comes amid surging global corn prices as relentless rains roil US grain plantings, signaling rising costs for importers.
Zimbabwe’s corn crop is expected to plummet 54 percent this year amid drought and after Cyclone Idai damaged crops in some provinces, according to the Agriculture Ministry.