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Govt's Proposed Raids On Grain Unsettle Farmers

Govt's Proposed Raids On Grain Unsettle Farmers

Farmers’ representatives have castigated the Government’s recent decision to use soldiers and police to seize grain from farmers.

In a memo, last week Lands and Agriculture ministry secretary John Basera instructed Grain Marketing Board (GMB) chief executive Rockie Mutenha to invoke provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) 145/19 to stop farmers from side marketing their grain.

Responding to the memo, Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president Shadreck Makombe argued that farmers should be free to choose buyers for their grain. Said Makombe:

There is nothing like side marketing for those who independently grew their grain because they would have financed their farming activities.

These farmers must make independent choices on where to sell their grain as the government’s decision is curtailing their freedom to make independent choices.

This policy should have been implemented on those who produced their grain through contract farming.

Of course, those doing side marketing should be disciplined, but what about independent farmers?

However, Zimbabwe Farmers Union president Paul Zakariya said farmers who were contracted by GMB should honour their contracts. He said:

You surrendered your freedom when you signed the contract and collected the inputs promising to deliver grain at the end.

This is a contract hence there is no need for the army and police to intervene in order to deal with deviant farmers.

Some farmers prefer to sell their produce to private players citing low prices offered by GMB and late payments.

Private players are also attractive to farmers not only because they pay for the grain promptly but also because they offer foreign currency.

More: NewsDay

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6 Comments

Asalif 4 weeks ago

raid the farm shops first so that seed and fertilizer will be cheaper and provide loans for labor farmers will give you grain labour is the most expensive input so far in farming if you have permanent employees you give them 70 to 100 USD every month food not included in 4 months I would have given him 2 tonnes of maize


police tanzwa nekuvharwa 1 month ago

makoronyera are buying grain from farms,they load it in Printed GMB sack also some are printed Presidential Input,they printed haulage that Command Agriculture Do not delay Truck they download GMAZ stamp they print a letter with a letter head it reads Grain in transit going to Grain Millers Association Of Zimbabwe pablock vanotomira vinzi ne C I O where to with this lot voti its for GMAZ its a load yaTafadzwa Musarara he instructed that th truck must not be delayed if u delay will raise a call votophoner wotonzi Driver waakupi load iyoyo ikuda kugayiswa iendeswe ku National Foods kamupurisa kacho kanobva kanzi oyi taurai naPresident we GMAZ uyu akapatauri fuyi
vakomana vekuHarare ivava usatambe nawo vanokubudira pasingabudike


Gwasela 1 month ago

Establish your own government farms and send soldiers and police officers there to guard your maize not ours.


Blue 💙 1 month ago

Ngaapinde Hake Chamisa NHC


Blue 💙 1 month ago

Tongekaii.Zanu will never leave.

Mind Blogging 1 month ago

GINYA-GVT



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