Brazil grants Zim $100m agric loan

HARARE - Brazil has granted a $100 million loan to Zimbabwe out of $1,6 billion in lines of credit it is extending to Africa.

The funds — to be disbursed in tranches — are targeted at financing Zimbabwe’s agriculture development.

Marcia Maro Da Silva, the Brazilian ambassador to Zimbabwe, said she expected the first tranche of $38 million to be released in the next three months.

“The rest of the facility will be internalised in Zimbabwe within one and half years,” she said, adding that the facility was mainly targeted at empowering small scale farmers.

Brazil is the sixth largest economy in the world and is a world-leading agricultural producer — and exporter.

The South American country is endowed with natural as well as human resources, and has developed a strong farming sector built on scientific knowledge and business acumen. “Brazil’s agriculture has undergone a radical shift over the past few centuries. Policy reforms have encouraged the sector’s modernisation and eased its entry into global markets.

“Political and economic stability have added to rapid agricultural growth,” said Da Silva.

Economic experts say Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector — battling to recover from the upheavals brought by the government’s seizure of white-owned commercial farms in 2000 to resettle blacks — requires at least $5 billion kick start productivity.

More than half a million of Zimbabwe’s resettled farmers have been hamstrung by the lack of funding, resulting in the marked decline in output across all agricultural sub-sectors.

The country needs 1,8 million tonnes of the staple maize every year to meet the needs of its people and livestock but only 798 500 tonnes were produced during the 2012/13 agricultural season.

As a result, the country, once dubbed “the breadbasket of Africa” has to make up the deficit with imports and donour aid.

Da Silva added that Brazil would not financially support Zimbabwe’s projects under its ambitious economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset).

She said the southern African nation is too rich to beg for financial assistance.

“As a rule, Brazil does not give any support to sovereign nations and we don’t give out hand-outs either. Usually we find synergies and business opportunities where we can work with people on various projects,” she said.

“Zimbabwe is a rich country and does not need donations but investments.

ZimAsset offers opportunities for Brazil to come and invest in infrastructure and other sectors but there is need for clarity on the country’s economic policies,” added Da Silva.

This comes as the cash-strapped southern African country has been struggling to secure $27 billion to fund projects enunciated in ZimAsset, which is supposed to guide economic development programmes until December 2018.

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ORIGINAL - 22 May 2014

For sure we need help but our leaders are stilling from the poor they purport to support.They pretend to be good tho not so.

WATYOKA T . S. - 22 May 2014

Aive madziva ava mazambuko. I can't believe Zimbabwe is now importing maize from Zambia and Malawi. Is Dr Made sleeping on the job. Don't blame sanctions or shortage of foreign currency again. Decline in Zim agriculture is men-made.

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