South Africa is Zimbabwe’s biggest banana market. Picture: LINDA NYLIND. THE Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation has reportedly engaged the South African government to lift its ban on imports of Zimbabwean bananas. South Africa, which is Zimbabwe’s biggest market, issued the ban in 2012 after cases of bacterial diseases on local bananas. SA imports are controlled and administered by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), a legislative body that governs customs tariff investigations, trade remedies, import and export control. The Ministry of Agriculture is said to have responded to intense lobbying from banana producing company Matanuska, a unit of agricultural conglomerate Rift Valley Corporation. Matanuska has been appealing to government to engage SA to reverse…