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.