Zimbabwe Grain Millers Association (GMAZ) has secured 400 000 metric tons of maize imports from Zambia and Malawi in what it calls “economic diplomacy” as several African countries start to shop around for grain.

The maize was scheduled to be delivered by 30 June to alleviate a food crisis in a country that, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), had an estimated six million people in need of food aid.

GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara said was pleased to inform the nation that GMAZ has secured 400 000 tons of white maize from Malawi and Zambia,” said

The maize was sourced from Zambia, Malawi’s state companies as well as private sellers.

He said forty percent of this maize will be coming from grain utility companies namely Food Reserve Agency of Zambia and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) of Malawi.