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Displaced farmers feeding Zimbabwe from Zambia

Displaced farmers feeding Zimbabwe from Zambia

By Lance Guma
04 July 2012

The Grain Marketing Board has now been ordered to remove stickers on bags of 
maize imported from Zambia, because they show the names of dispossessed 
white Zimbabwean farmers who are now effectively feeding the country from 

A report in the Zimbabwean newspaper says the recipients of the government’s 
grain loan scheme in Matabeleland were shocked to discover that the names on 
the stickers on the grain bags were of former white farmers.

One of the recipients told the paper he received two bags of maize grain 
under the scheme, from the GMB depot in Insiza, and confirmed that one of 
the bags had a green sticker inside written ‘supplied by Michel Handris’ a 
former Karoi commercial farmer now farming in the southern parts of Zambia.

Even villagers in Umguza confirmed receiving the maize bags with the green 
stickers. A GMB source has since told the paper: “We are now required to 
destroy all the Zambian bags and repackage the grain in our local bags”.

Agriculture Minister Joseph Made admitted in May this year that Zimbabwe 
would have a one million tonne maize deficit. Critics have largely blamed 
this on ZANU PF’s disastrous land grab policy which rewarded cronies of the 
regime at the expense of competent farmers.

Even though Zambia used to import maize from Zimbabwe in the past, the 
tables have turned with white farmers who lost their farms in Zimbabwe 
moving across the border and helping to grow a surplus there in the last two 

To rub salt into the wound the Food Reserve Agency in Zambia confirmed in 
May that it was destroying “the huge stockpiles of rotting maize in a bid to 
create space for this year’s harvest from June 1.”


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