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Govt Deploys Soldiers To Raid Individuals Who Are Not Sending Maize To GMB

Govt Deploys Soldiers To Raid Individuals Who Are Not Sending Maize To GMB

The Zimbabwean government has deployed soldiers and other state security organs to raid and seize grain from individuals, farmers and other players even at roadblocks and deliver it to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

The Standard reports that Lands and Agriculture ministry permanent secretary John Bhasera last week raised concern over low deliveries to the GMB before calling on the parastatal to engage state security services to raid players suspected to be hoarding maize.

In a memo to the GMB chief executive officer Rockie Mutenha dated May 24, 2022, John Bhasera said only 5000 metric tonnes (MT) has been delivered to GMB out of an estimated 30 000 MT. Bhasera said:

You are, therefore, required to operationalise the provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) 145/19 in order to prevent and avert the side marketing of grain with immediate effect.

This includes but is not limited to conducting grain busting operations at various non GMB depots, as well as the setting up of permit inspections at various points such as roadblocks.

You are also encouraged to ride on our partnerships with members of the Joint Operations Command in the execution of this important task.

The government gazetted SI 145 in 2019 banning the buying and selling of corn between private individuals and companies, making the GMB the sole buyer and seller of maize in the country.

Humanitarian agencies have warned that more than five million Zimbabweans may face starvation despite millions having been spent on command agriculture to boost security.

Zimbabwe needs an estimated 2.2 million tonnes of maize annually, with 1.8 million earmarked for human consumption.

Last week, the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) said it had purchased 400 000 tonnes of maize from Malawi and Zambia worth US$100 million in the wake of the poor harvests.

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22 Comments

vidal 1 month ago

chinhu chaora ichi


keda 1 month ago

handipi chibage Gmb,imburu


Mutiro 1 month ago

Vakuru makundikana zororai vamwe vapinde makaisa kupi chibage chamaiti chinokwana kufeeder mhuri ye Zimbabwe kwemakore matatu makunda kumanikidza vanhu kuunza chibage kuG M B muziva kuti vakawanda sei maInputs pasi nehutongi hwehudzvanyiriri ndimi Makati kwidza mutengo wezvauinazvo Kuna usina chekukwidza kwiridzira bhurukwa zvino chaipa chii vadzvanyiriri


STALIN 1 month ago

Zanu haisisina ma moves


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Tateguru 1 month ago

Hazvikurudziri kurima izvi.
Saka munhu hauchakwanisi kuvigira vabereki vako chibage kubva kuFarm kwako ka?
Pakaipa


Blue 💙 1 month ago

GINYA-GVT. AND YOU EXPECT PEOPLE TO TRUST SUCH A GVT, INVEST IN THAT COUNTRY.

VOTE FOR CHAMISA. VOTE FOR CCC


Mutoriro Movement 1 month ago

Last agricultural season you did the same and compelled all farmers to deliver their maize to Gmb and farmers complied. What did you do with the maize? You sold it to DRC, now our silos are empty.


CABLE GUY 1 month ago

So so sad eishhh Zimbabwe is open for business Mantra

collins 1 month ago

mbavha dzoga dzoga


Mkanya 1 month ago

Kupenga uko


Farmer 1 month ago

Ndakanyimwa ma presidential inputs ndichinzi haus plot holder ndorima pamunda pasekuru vangu saka G.M. B chibage chisiri cha plot Holder mochidii


Nimrod 1 month ago

lf they want Maize deliveries to improve, they should offer farmers us$. Simpuru


gandangaguru 1 month ago

government should stop giving Farmers inputs instead they should pay handsomely grain delivered to GMB. giving farmers inputs for free is costing the government.


Gokoko 1 month ago

I agree with you. I think the best the government can do is to ensure that farming inputs are readly available on the market and affordable. or sudside on inputs.

Tio4 1 month ago

Hurumende yakaona zvanetsa, it always resorts to soldiers, manje ku economy zvanetsa vadii ku deployer ma gunners kuti varove high rate ne inflation nekuipfura kkkkkk


kambwa 1 month ago

😂😂😂😂😂

Gokoko 1 month ago

vapedza wangu

ABSA 1 month ago

Ndotengesa kwandinoda ndakatenga ndega FERTILIZER


Wapedza 1 month ago

You are right. Zim is open for business. Munhu ngaatengesere kwaanoda.

Purse 1 month ago

Ndozvinoratidza kut u are very poor uri rombe haufunge


Ndinii Ndadaroo 1 month ago

Tapedza kurova. They are on their way to GMB


24 1 month ago

uridinga guru cchairo, a
ancient 🧠 that's uchitambura nekuti harifunge zi@Ndinindadaro bonga remunhu


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