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MP Demands Answers On Why "No Wheat Farmer Has Been Paid Anything Yet"

MP Demands Answers On Why

Harare North lawmaker Allan Norman Markham has demanded that the ministers of agriculture and finance give reasons behind the delayed payment of wheat farmers two months after delivering produce.

He made the remarks while raising a point of national interest last Thursday in parliament, according to Open Parly.

Markham said delayed payment may affect preparation for next season. He said:

My point of national interest is requesting a statement from the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development. 

Currently, we are aware that the Government has yielded and received 255.000 tonnes of wheat. 

That has been in stock now for nearly two months and no wheat farmer that I am aware of has been paid anything yet. 

Wheat farmers are due to receive $200 to $220 per tonne and also ZWL 255.000 but none of this has been paid.

I think it is a matter of national importance that this House asks for a statement from the Minister as to the delay in payment.

Furthermore, Markham expressed concern over reports that farmers were expected to pay for storage and marketing of the produce because the Government cannot pay them. 

Wheat is among the grain on the controlled produce list that restricts farmers to sell the produce to the Grain Marketing Board or contractor who has financed production.

Earlier in the year the government complained about side marketing by farmers insisting it would cause food insecurity.

The further payment delays to  wheat farmers may result into a shortage of the produce or a rise in price especially considering that there is wheat shortage on the global market due to the Russia-Ukraine war which began in February this year.

Markham added that the delay will push the farmer to borrow in the financial sector with the highest lending rate in the world.

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32 Comments

TK 1 month ago

True


1 month ago

These white people are starting to get too vocal. It's making me uncomfortable. Who's even voting for them and why


thrasher 1 month ago

uuum interesting I remember reading an article about a black mp in France that was told to go back to Africa and I thought this is terrible but it seems all people are pieces of **** be it black or white. So much hate in the world you can do matter this man has done nothing wrong for you to judge him based on what his ancestors did.I do believe it black people are also racist

thrasher 1 month ago

he has probably lived all his life in Zim and has grown patriotic and wants to see the land prosperous.

👽 1 month ago

racism is everywhere my frend these white people are abuding us left right and center. 1 example just go pa peterhouse for a day and see for yourself but because these white àsßholes have money and employ us, we are just supposed to shut up... to hell with your mindset Thrasher...you haven't dealt with these whites close up, fúk them

Me 1 month ago

in my own understanding ndikunzwa the MP achiti..... since 2months varimi vegorosi vaendesa kwavanotarisirwa kutengesa, sei vasati vapiwa Mari dzavo. izvi zvichaita kurima kwemwaka unotevera kusafambe zvakanaka. Kana varimi ava vakada kukwereta kuti varime next season zvinotozooma worse nekuti Interest rate yemunyika muno ndiyo inonzi yakanyanyisa kuwanda pasi rese.

?/ Where has this MP lost it now?
pamwe pacho we lose our minds unnecessarily muma Comment sections umu..... Shaaaaame

tsom tsom 1 month ago

comment section inoyenda kwayada kana kutosiyana nezve article

Dispatcher 1 month ago

For your own info he is the only Mp who refused to take the USD loans in parliament.

Jojo 1 month ago

Ko uhu akavhoterwa nani futi.. ndiyani akavhotera mubhunu


Zuze 1 month ago

Akavhoterwa neni, Zuze muera Soko, muzukuru wemuBuja

jojo 1 month ago

zuze andichatambe newe

Mai Sandra 1 month ago

Makudzosa mabhunhu zvakare


Zuze 1 month ago

Ehe, ndava yekuti vanotaura zvine musoro, kwete zvàanaMasinire vanotaura zvinonhuhwa kuti kutu

1 month ago

Just goes to show that this second administration is only concerned about themselves not in the interest of the general population because they were swift in allocating themselves so called hefty "$500k US loans". Who then cares if we have bread on the table when they have secured their future with those supposedly "loans".


1 month ago

Pane varunhu vane hutsinye but uyu newedu wepanapa Doug ndowega wasvinu vamwe vese pekai mbatya dzenyu


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Nevamwe vatema fanika vari kutonga muno vane hutsinye kupfuura Dhiyab****si

Dnny 1 month ago

some comments here are so shallow it's like reading stuff written by retards


1 month ago

Says another retard

pindula ndeye ma**** 1 month ago

I am on it because of financial constraints dai zvangu zvaita nditambire kutwitter and facebook kune vanhu vasvinu.dai zvichibvira pindula yacho yavharwa

Zuze 1 month ago

@Pindula ndeye.... ko wamanikidzwa kuuya paPindula nani? Kana isiri kukuitira buds and don't comment. don't even read. Siya isu varombo tishande nePindula yemahara

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🫂 1 month ago

thus why y'll don't progress in life, still having 1980's mind set,colour of skin doesn't matter but what matters is the contribution towards growth of a nation.

This back ward mind of saying black or white won't get people anyway,some countries are doing far much better than singing a colours song.
Instead they all sing the same song of progress implementing big ideas for the growth and benefit of all.


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Thank you for being level headed. Look at South Africa, the rainbow nation. Even post-independence Zambia at one time had a white president and they didn't see colour. They saw his patriotism, commitment and capability

🫂 1 month ago

@Mafirakureva thus true 🤝

Iye ED muBlack arikuiitei 1 month ago

No to racism,

1 month ago

It's true racist that accuse other people of being racist.

Doug 1 month ago

People should know and be aware of what is going on around them. It is interesting to read that, just because a white Zimbabwean parliamentarian has brought a national issue which affects farmers of all colours, some people who possibly stay in towns and all they know about farming is eating, are castigating the white parliamentarian and talking about whites being brought back. If we talk about people on earth being black and white, what colour are the Chinese?


1 month ago

The man is so progressive, he is planning for the next season something our leaders never do..... Noone in Zanu pf govt is worried about tomorrow except enriching their pockets.


dandahead 1 month ago

imii why kutarisa colour bhadharai varimii marii dzavoo , , vakakunyimai wheat chingwaa chodhura moitaa noise futi


towed 1 month ago

saka minister vatii manje


Pindula follow up 1 month ago

What was the response by the implicated ministers? We want progressive MPs like this white guy...... He is even better than E.D.iot for he has a foresight. Let the farmers be paid in time and be motivated to do better next season


Uncle D 1 month ago

This has nothing to do with color, the MP is doing something progressive,Just pay the farmers,..The farmers should be paid,just because the point was raised by a white minister doesn't make it lesser important.


Vharazipi 1 month ago

what else did farmers expect from Gmb, a company that pays it's employees less than 80usd ? side marketing is the only way for sustainable farming.



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