The NRZ will this year move 100K tonnes of maize from Tanzania aimed at easing grain shortages in the country, The Chronicle reports. Speaking to the publication the NRZ public relations manager, Mr Nyasha Maravanyika said a logistical team in charge of moving the maize was already in place.
Mr Maravanyika said:
We (NRZ) have been identified as one of the logistical players to look into the transportation of 100 000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania through Zambia. The logistical team also comprises officials from Government and the GMB. As NRZ we now await instructions as to when the grain should be transported.
Tanzania Zambia Railway confirmed the news on their website tazarasite.com.
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) and the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) have todaycollectively signed a contract with the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) of Zimbabwe to transport 17,000 Metric Tons of maize from Makambako and Vwawa in Tanzania to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.
Under the agreed terms, TAZARA would load the commodity from Makambako and Vwawa and relay it to ZRL at New Kapiri Mposhi who would in turn pass it to NRZ at Livingstone, for final delivery to various destinations in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is facing a serious grain shortage after erratic rains were experienced during the 2018/2019 rain season.
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