Business - Featured - Local - March 8, 2021

GMB prepares for bumper harvest

Zimbabwe’s leading grain trade and Marketing company, The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) readies for this year’s expected bumper harvest with the preparation of storage resources that include silos for bulk storage of grain as well as inside and outside storages.

This year’s marketing season is expected to commence on the 1st of April and Zimbabwe is expecting to produce 2,5 to 2,8 million tonnes of maize and 360 000 tonnes of traditional grains. Deliveries to the GMB are expected to be 2 million metric tonnes of cereals that is, 1.8 million metric tonnes of maize and 200 000 metric tonnes of traditional grains.

In the same vein, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Settlement is importing an additional 13 mobile grain dryers from Italy, to the tune of US$1,3 million each, with a capacity of 28 tonnes per shift and up to 140 tonnes per day.

GMB Chief Executive Officer Rockie Mutenha said this year GMB is prepared avoid post harvest challenges such a storage challenges.

“In terms of power backup, all silo depots now have 250-300 KVa generators as backup in the event of a power outage. At bag depots we are installing solar systems in addition to the 5.5KVa generators to provide power for the weighbridges, computers and lighting,” he said.

GMB as the biggest contractor through the Government sponsored scheme Pfumvudza and CBZ Agro Yield, will provide a competitive market and mop up the maize, traditional grains and other grains that have been produced by farmers to ensure that they are delivered to its silos.

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