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Wheat production increases by 53%

The winter wheat production has increased by 53% this season from the area planted during the comparative period 2020, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has said.

This comes at a time where the is basking on a bumper harvest following the good rains that the country received in the previous rain season.

Speaking at a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday, Minister Mutsvangwa said a 53% increase from the area planted during 2020 was registered.

“A total of 61 801 hectares of the Presidential wheat scheme have so far been planted, a 53% increase from the area planted during the comparative 2020 period,” she said.

Mutsvangwa added that the Command/CBZ Agro-yield Scheme has planted 41 935.7 hectares this year, an increase of 25% from the 33 603 hectares area planted last year while the Private Sector has contracted 15 397.76 hectares, 3% above the targeted 15 000 hectares.

On another note, grain deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) have also increased reaching 240 204 tonnes compared to 63 916 tonnes received during the comparable period last year.

“As of yesterday (21st June 2021), total maize delivered to Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots across the country stood at 240 204 tonnes, significantly up from the 63 916 tonnes received at the same time last year.

“The quantity of soybean has similarly increased to 9 858 tonnes, versus the 956 tonnes delivered at the same time last year,” she said.

The Tobacco Marketing Season has also recorded good results, with a total of over 152.8 million metric tonnes having been sold to realize more than US$415.8 million, compared to the 124.5 million metric tonnes sold for US$296.9 million in 2020.

On cotton, it is advised that 145 090 109 metric tonnes are expected to be delivered from the established 287 107 hectares during the current marketing season.

“Government takes this opportunity to call upon farmers to continue delivering their grain to GMB depots as timely payments are guaranteed,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

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