Malawian grain (12-07-07)

Malawian Grain Flows To Zimbabwe, But More Needed To Cover Shortfall By
Patience Rusere

Months after reaching agreement with Harare, Malawi is finally
beginning the
export of 400,000 metric tonnes of maize worth some $120 million to


an Deputy Agriculture Minister Binto Kutsaira said some 90,000
have been shipped amid controversy in Lilongwe over the payment terms
extended to Harare.

Kutsaira declined to disclose where Zimbabwe was obtaining the funds
for the
grain deal, but other sources said some of the funding may be coming
the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, better
known as
PTA Bank. Malawi meanwhile has extended Harare a US$10 million working
of credit.

The full consignment is expected to be delivered over the next six
The Malawi government has stated that its bumper 2007 harvest allowed
it to
export the grain.

Malawian Principal Secretary of Agriculture and Food Security Patrick
Kabambe told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe
Malawi has confidence in Zimbabwe’s ability to pay – but exports will
stopped if Harare falls behind.

Despite the Malawian supplies, Deputy Director Nyika Musiyazvirivo of
Christian Care, one of the World Food Program’s main implementing
in the distribution of aid to the country, said the infusion would not
Zimbabwe’s grain-supply shortfall.- VOA

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