April 13, 2012 / 7:39 AM / in 6 years

Zimbabwe's 2012 maize crop f'cast cut to 1 mln T

HARARE, April 13 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s maize harvest is expected to fall by 26 percent to 1 million tonnes this year after nearly half of the crop was written off because of a prolonged dry spell, an assessment report from the agriculture minister showed on Friday.

The southern African country, once a regional bread basket, has struggled to feed itself since 2000 when President Robert Mugabe embarked on the seizure of white-owned commercial farms to resettle landless blacks.

Zimbabwe’s annual maize consumption is 1.8 million tonnes and the report said the country had built up 400,000 tonnes in maize reserves. Zimbabwe would have to import another 400,000 tonnes to make up for the deficit. (Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe, editing by Olivia Kumwenda)

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