Zimbabwean farmers have so far delivered 97 000 tonnes of maize to the Strategic Grain Reserves at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) since the start of marketing season started on April 1, with farmers being paid within 3 days of delivery
In the 2019/20 cropping season, maize was grown under difficult weather characterised by delayed rains and prolonged drought. The southern African nation’s national grain demand is estimated at 1.8 million tonnes per year.
“The GMB has received 97 000 tonnes of maize, 3 240 tonnes of sorghum and 142 tonnes of millet from farmers. Farmers are paid within 48 to 72 hours after delivery,” the ministry of lands, agriculture, water and rural resettlement tweeted.
Farmers are now being paid the new producer price of maize of $21 000 a tonne and for traditional grains of $21 913 a tonne as approved by Cabinet. Zimbabwe is expecting to harvest slightly over one million tonnes of grain in 2020, an increase of 24 percent from last year’s production of 852 000 tonnes.