Southern Africa nations expect bumper maize harvest

Most southern African countries will record bumper maize harvests in 2010, but poor policies and a lack of skilled farmers will remain a threat to long-term maize output, industry officials said on Friday last week.

Relief agencies say some nations will need emergency food handouts to feed their people following poor maize yields.

Zimbabwe, once a bread basket of the region, has said it expects its maize output to fall by 11 percent due mainly to bad weather and that it would issue import permits to traders and millers to plug a deficit.

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