Zimbabwe will have to import about 70,000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer to meet demand this season, the Chronicle reported, citing Mishek Kachere, a spokesman for Zimbabwe Fertilizer Corp. and Windmill (Pvt) Ltd.
Fertilizer makers have about 25,000 tons of the crop nutrient stockpiled, insufficient to meet demand of about 150,000 tons, the Bulawayo-based Chronicle said on its website. The producers can’t manufacture enough locally because they’re still owed funds from the last season, according to the report.
Zimbabwe expects normal to below-normal rains this farming season, which runs from November to May for crops such as corn, soy, barley and oil seeds. Demand for compound fertilizers, usually a mixture of ammonium nitrate and other chemicals, can be met locally, the state-controlled newspaper said.