GMB rents space from pri­vate com­pa­nies

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Se­nior Agri­cul­ture Re­porter

FARM­ERS have de­liv­ered 80 000 tonnes of wheat to the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board (GMB), forc­ing the paras­tatal to rent space from some pri­vate com­pa­nies due to silo stor­age ca­pac­ity chal­lenges.

GMB has so far re­ceived 1 140 000 tonnes of maize and 34 000 tonnes of small grains from farm­ers. Its cylin­dri­cal si­los have a ca­pac­ity of 700 000 tonnes of grain while hard stands have a ca­pac­ity of 3 mil­lion tonnes.

GMB gen­eral man­ager Mr Rockie Mutenha on Tues­day said they were still accepting grain from farm­ers and urged them not to sell to mid­dle­men.

“The tar­get for wheat de­liv­er­ies is 135 000 tonnes from the Agri­tex crop as­sess­ment re­port,” he said. “We are at 95 per­cent in terms of farm­ers’ pay­ments. Farm­ers should con­tinue bring­ing grain to GMB and not to lis­ten to spec­u­la­tors who are claim­ing that they can help them sell their crop.”

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