Zimbabwe to buy $140 mln of maize for strategic reserve, fights armyworm

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  • 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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