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Farmers receive inputs under Presidential Inputs Scheme

Story by John Nhandara

THE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has so far received more than 30 000 metric tonnes of inputs under the Presidential Inputs Programme for the 2023 summer cropping season.

At least 5 000 tonnes of inputs have been distributed to farmers for the 2023 summer cropping season under the Presidential Inputs Programme with the Grain Marketing Board revealing that they have so far received inputs over 30 000 tonnes for onward distribution to farmers.

GMB chief executive officer, Dr Edson Badarai said, “We are still targeting that by 31 October we should have distributed. To date, we have received over 30 000 metric tonnes of inputs and over 5 000 have been distributed. We are distributing to those who have done land preparation for the Pfumvudza programme. We are working with the Agritex team for distribution and in regions four and five, we are distributing traditional seeds while regions one to three will receive maize seed.”

The GMB has warned that beneficiaries of the Presidential Inputs Programme should not abuse the facility.

“We have witnessed a trend in which those who receive the Presidential inputs sell to merchants and take back these inputs to town where there is a ready market. There are also reported cases of stealing from various areas including some of our depots, we have recovered those inputs and people are being convicted,” said Dr Badarai.

The Presidential Inputs Scheme was introduced to sustain and enhance food security especially at the household level and under the Second Republic, the scheme is part of the Rural Development 8.0 model anchored on increased rural development and eradication of poverty.

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