Zimbabwe on Monday [16 March 2015] received 5,400 metric tonnes of rice worth more than 8 million US dollars from China to help alleviate food shortages in the country. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira thanked China for the donation, saying it was a gesture that shows true friendship between the two countries. She said the rice, coming at a time when the country has experienced a poor 2014/15 agricultural season, will go a long way in alleviating food shortages in the country…Full Article: The Global Times Mar 2015

Key Points

  • According to Zimbabwe’s Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister, 100 MTs of the Chinese rice will be used to feed the country’s prison inmates.
  • Approximately 80% of Zimbabwean exports to China are comprised of tobacco products, cotton, and other crops.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2009 to 2013, Chinese (i.e. mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) of Zimbabwean tobacco products (HS 24) increased from US$94 million to US$530 million.
  • From 2009 to 2013, mainland China imports of Zimbabwean cotton products (HS 52) increased from US$3.9 million to US$61 million.

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