Zambia has recorded the highest maize production levels in its history—thanks to the 100 white farmers forcibly expelled from Zimbabwe who started farming in that country.
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has admitted that the whites are now once again feeding the Africans—as Zimbabwe is now forced to import its maize from Zambia.
The black “farmers” who took over the highly efficient farms in Zimbabwe have largely been unable to even subsistence farm, never mind meeting the production levels of the white farmers.
As a result, Zimbabwe, once known as the “breadbasket of Africa” under its former white rulers, has become a food importer.
“This is the highest ever maize harvest recorded in Zambia’s history and provides us with the opportunity to adequately feed the nation and export the surplus,” Zambian Agricultural minister Wylbur Simuusa told journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka.
He said the government planned to export slightly over 300,000 ton of maize to Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Kenya.
In March this year, Mugabe admitted that the reason why Zambia had excess food to export was because of the white farmers his government had expelled.
Speaking at a rally organized by his ruling Zanu PF party in Bindura, Mugabe said that “at the moment we are importing maize from Zambia. Zambia gave former Zimbabwean white commercial farmers land and that’s why they have surplus food.”
Zimbabwe requires at least 1.8 million ton of maize annually and has over the years relied on imports from neighboring countries, including Zambia and South Africa, to plug the gap from local production.
Zimbabwe has been gripped by a political and economic crisis since the government launched a campaign in 2000 to seize white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks, a policy which utterly destroyed commercial agriculture in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwean Daily News admitted.
According to the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP), Zimbabwe “is a low-income, food deficit country, ranked at 156 out of 187 on the 2014 UNDP Human Development Index.”
Currently, 72 percent of the population live below the national poverty line (living on less than USD 1.25 per day), the WFP continued.
Thirty percent of the rural poor are considered to be “food poor,” or “extremely poor” and one-third of Zimbabwe’s children are stunted, or short for their age.