ZIMBABWE is expected to import over 300 000 tonnes of maize this year to avert a potential famine, The Financial Gazette has learnt. The Global Agricultural Food Network produced by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services last week indicated that output for 2018 may have declined by 46 percent from 2,2 million tonnes the previous season. “Despite a high maize carry-over stock of about 500 000 tonnes, Zimbabwe will still have to import about 300 000 tonnes of maize in the 2018/2019 marketing year. The 46 percent decrease in production will drive Zimbabwe to import maize again in the 2018/19 marketing year. “This means that the Zimbabwean government will have to lift the import ban that is currently in place,” the…