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Govt Orders GMB To Combat Side Marketing Of Grain

Govt Orders GMB To Combat Side Marketing Of Grain

The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, has directed the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to put in place measures that ensure farmers deliver all their grain.

In a letter dated 24 May 2022 and addressed to GMB Chief Executive Officer Rockie Mutenha, Ministry of Lands Secretary John Basera said that 30 000 tonnes of grain have been harvested to date but only 5 000 tonnes have been delivered to GMB. The letter reads:

Ministry has noted with concern the low deliveries of grain to GMB since the start of the marketing season on 1 April 2022.

This is evident of side-marketing tendencies by farmers considering that about 30 000MT have been harvested to date Vis-à-vis deliveries to GMB of about 5 000MT.

You are therefore required to operationalise the provisions of S. 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 Operation Command in the execution of this important task.

The letter was also copied to the Joint Operations Command (JOC), the body responsible for the coordination of state security comprising the Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and Central Intelligence Organisation.

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6 Comments

KillerT 1 month ago

Shiri inozongofa


Asalif 1 month ago

30.000 tonnes is so little that it's for domestic consumption until next harvesting season do you even consider that these people also need food


Machiavelli 1 month ago

For crying out loud, which sane farmer would send maize to GMB at RTGS$75,000 (US$187) at today's rate. With inflation running at 133% per month, next month the value will be in the region of RTGS$30,000, and the exchange rate will certainly be higher than the current 1:400, meaning that this time next month the farmers effectively will be getting less than US$90 per ton. GMB normally takes anything from 6-18 months to pay farmers. By then the payment per ton will be insufficient to buy 1 x 50kg bag of fertiliser. Never has GMB paid anyone in less than 6 months.

Only illiterate foools will send maize to the GMB under current conditions.


aaaa 1 month ago

aah dira rizare


Tendai Biti 1 month ago

This is ****ed up


STALIN 1 month ago

Hatidi nemabagwe edu mode kutototi fosa kanhi mbwa dzavanhu

CCC woye
#NHC



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