Strategic reserve is half its optimal size
Government's main focus is on fall armyworm
Fears pest will infest sugarcane and spread (Adds detail, quote)
By MacDonald Dzirutwe
HARARE, March 2 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe, which is recovering from drought and battling a pest that threatens its maize crop, has budgeted $140 million to buy maize from farmers for its strategic reserve, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told parliament on Thursday.
Harare is holding 250,000 tonnes of maize in strategic reserves, half of its optimal requirements, enough to last six months, the minister said.
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