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Include all wheat flour on SI 64: Millers

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Grain millers are lobbying Government for the inclusion of all types of wheat flour on Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 so that they be subjected to the same import control regime as other products listed under the measure as they seek to halt the continued decline in national bread consumption. National bread consumption has fallen sharply to under one million loaves per day from around 1,5 million about five years ago. This translates to a bread flour requirement of about 400 tonnes of flour against an aggregate national installed flour milling capacity of 2 100 tonnes per day. In this regard, the millers said continuation of bread flour imports is self-destructive because current national bread flour demand is less than 25 percent of national installed flour milling capacity. In a letter to Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha, dated August 22, 2016, Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe chairman Tafadzwa Musarara said the import control measure fully complies with the expectations of international law and in particular Article 20 of the SADC Consolidated Trade Protocol. – Herald

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