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Low prices frustrate small-scale Zimbabwean macadamia farmers

Zimbabwean small-scale macadamia farmers are considering turning to other crops. "We rarely break even," said James Maisiri, the secretary general for Macadamia Association of Zimbabwe, an organisation that represents hundreds of smallholder farmers.

"The problem is that we have few buyers who can easily connive and offer low prices. Lack of adequate funding is also affecting the quality of our nuts because most of the inputs such as fertilisers and chemicals are imported from South Africa."

In recent years, Zimbabwe witnessed huge appetite for macadamia nuts production in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in the Manicaland Province, but poor prices are forcing farmers to switch to less technically challenging crops.

Buyers, mainly from China are paying between US$2 and US$3 per kilogram, depending on quality, far less global average prices ranging from US$12 and US$15 per kg.


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