Command agriculture and the politics of subsidies

Command agriculture – a major, private-sector-backed subsidy programme implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe – has been hailed as a massive success, especially following the huge maize harvest reaped this year.  President Mugabe recently described command agriculture as ‘beautiful’.  The programme, led by the Vice President, Emerson Mnangagwa, with the ministry of agriculture…

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Zambian policy think-tank hails reversal of veg import ban

The Zambia Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) has hailed the reversal of the agricultural import ban. ZIPAR research fellow Francis Ziba said import restrictions had trade-distorting effects and created problems with administration and transparency. “This type of quick fix solution is quite problematic for Zambia. Therefore, government’s decision…

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Onions are among the vegetables in the initial import ban.

ZNFU set against wheat import duty waiver

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is opposed to a proposal by millers calling for an import duty waiver on wheat. According to ZNFU, the proposed waiver would be detrimental to local wheat production. “Zambia should consider adopting the South African system of supporting local production of wheat by maintaining…

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