Biti frustrating grain imports
Elita Chikwati, Agriculture Reporter The distribution of the maize imported from Zambia is ongoing in drought stricken provinces but Finance Minister Tendai Biti was derailing the importation of more grain. 150 000 tonnes of maize from Zambia to feed people in the drought ravaged areas such as Chiredzi, Masvingo, Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Manicaland and Midlands among other areas. Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made said there were challenges in procuring grain for the drought stricken areas because of the Finance Minister who had no interest in the welfare of people.Minister Made said Minister Biti should be releasing at least US$3 million per week for the purchase of grain but he was deliberately delaying."Now he is even attempting to hamper the purchase of grain locally by not releasing funds to the responsible authorities,” Minister Made said.