Zimbabwe Millers Want 40% Import Tariff on Corn, Corn Meal

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe, which represents the country’s major milling companies, said it wants the government to impose a 40 percent of tariffs on imports of corn and corn meal because its struggling to compete with cheaper South African corn grown from genetically modified seeds.

The imports are harming Zimbabwe’s attempts to improve food security by boosting local production, Tafadzwa Musarara, the chairman of the association said in an e-mailed response to questions on Thursday.

“The local milling industry has been on the end of the stick with regards to South African imports as South African millers literally dumped cheap GMO maize meal into our economy and its time Zimbabwe realign its economy by localising production of its staple foods,” he said. Zimbabwe also imports corn from Zambia.

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