Zim maize deliveries surpass half million tonnes

Harare – Maize deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) have reached half a million tonnes, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.

In a speech read on his behalf at the annual national agribusiness conference held on the sidelines of the 2017 Harare Agricultural Show, VP Mnangagwa said more grain deliveries were still expected at GMB silos dotted across the country.

“The nation has registered a bumper harvest with maize deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board expected to reach more than two million metric tonnes, a figure which we have not attained in many years.

“So far, maize deliveries to the GMB have already surpassed half a million tonnes. Deliveries are on-going.

Some GMB silos are already full and maize is being moved to the other GMB silos across the country,” he said.

GMB is paying $390 per tonne of maize.

Zimbabwe is expecting to harvest more than two million tonnes of grain, which is more than enough to meet national demand estimated at 1.8 million tonnes.

VP Mnangagwa said the government remained committed to its initiatives and programmes targeted at revitalising the agriculture sector.

“The success of the 2016/17 agriculture season has been largely due to government programmes which are the Command agriculture initiative and the Presidential Input Scheme. These initiatives are aimed at revitalising agriculture and agro-processing value chain,” he said.

VP Mnangagwa said farmers had already started registering for government initiatives available for the next maize cropping season

“As at 16 August 2017, a total of 173 223 hectares of irrigated and dry land has been registered for maize production by 39 740 farmers including institutions,” he said. – New Ziana.

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