The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 11, 1991 — A new $2,5 mil­lion grain mar­ket­ing de­pot was opened in Gweru yes­ter­day.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Muzenda, who is also the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Gweru Ur­ban, says there is a need to in­crease the coun­try’s maize out­put.

He said mea­sures had al­ready been taken to en­hance the pro­duc­tion of maize, the coun­try’s sta­ple food.

Th­ese in­cluded the in­creas­ing of the min­i­mum price for a tonne of maize to $325 and an early de­liv­ery bonus of $30 per tonne in March and April and $15 per tonne in May.

Cde Muzenda said the GMB must en­sure that maize was freely avail­able at all its de­pots.

He ex­pressed the hope that the GMB would start oper­at­ing as a com­mer­cial con­cern by the end of 1995 un­der the Eco­nomic Struc­tural Ad­just­ment Pro­gramme.

Cde Muzenda added that the Gov­ern­ment would like to see in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion by com­mu­nal farm­ers in the mar­ket­ing of maize and the other nine grains which are mar­keted by the GMB.

He called on farm­ers na­tion­wide to work hard to en­sure that Zim­babwe had enough food for its peo­ple and to meet prof­itable ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“In­creased agri­cul­tural out­put will ben­e­fit the farmer by im­prov­ing his stan­dard of liv­ing and will lead to the growth of the econ­omy as a whole,’’ he said.

The Vice-Pres­i­dent thanked the GMB for its fore­sight in build­ing a larger de­pot in Gweru to han­dle the in­creased vol­ume of grain from the 13 625 grow­ers who utilise the de­pot. The new de­pot has a stor­age ca­pac­ity of 60 000 tonnes and a pro­vi­sion for ex­pan­sion to ac­com­mo­date a fur­ther 30 000 tonnes of grain.

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