GMB pays for redi­rected wheat de­liv­er­ies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

MOST of the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board (GMB) si­los are full and is now redi­rect­ing wheat de­liv­er­ies to the few re­main­ing si­los and pay­ing the trans­port costs.

The GMB de­cided to pay the ad­di­tional trans­port costs for wheat redi­rected to other de­pots which are usu­ally far from the farm­ers.

There were also fears that most of the wheat, which could not be ac­cepted be­cause si­los are full, could be spoiled by rains.

Se­nior of­fi­cials in­ter­viewed by our Harare Bureau at GMB Glen­dale, who, how­ever, elected to re­main anony­mous as they are not autho­rised to speak to the Press, con­firmed that wheat de­liv­er­ies were now be­ing redi­rected to Noth­ern Prod­ucts stor­age fa­cil­i­ties — just out­side Chin­hoyi be­cause the si­los at the de­pot were full.

“This year, the coun­try wit­nessed a bumper maize har­vest, which has taken up all the stor­age space in our si­los, and the win­ter wheat crop is now be­ing di­rected to other de­pots which still have space.

“Farm­ers are bring­ing their wheat as usual and as GMB, we as­sumed the re­spon­si­bil­ity of trans­porta­tion costs to those de­pots. Over­all, the fa­cil­i­ties have a hold­ing ca­pac­ity of 40 000 tonnes and about 17 000 tonnes have so far been used. There is plenty of stor­age space to ac­com­mo­date wheat de­liv­er­ies by farm­ers.

“Farm­ers must just en­sure that they har­vest their crop be­fore the on­set of rains and they should not fear be­cause there is enough stor­age to hold all the wheat and farm­ers are de­liv­er­ing their crop,” said a se­nior GMB of­fi­cial. GMB act­ing gen­eral man­ager Mr Lawrence Jasi said he needed time to gather full de­tails from the coun­try’s dif­fer­ent de­pots.

It is be­lieved that GMB si­los and stake-up fa­cil­i­ties across the prov­ince, in­clud­ing Chin­hoyi, Mhangura, Karoi, Ma­gunje, Chegutu, Murombedzi and Ban­ket, among oth­ers, are full fol­low­ing the bumper maize har­vest this year.

Gov­ern­ment special maize pro­duc­tion scheme and the Pres­i­den­tial In­put Sup­port Scheme are cred­ited for in­creas­ing pro­du­tion around the coun­try.

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