By John Nhandara
MORE than 25 000 metric tonnes of wheat have so far been delivered to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) as harvesting of the strategic crop continues in various parts of the country.
Farmers are delivering an average of one thousand five hundred (1500) metric tonnes of wheat to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) per day, translating to a total of 25 thousand 251 metric tonnes within two weeks.
Wheat worth $1. 5 billion dollars has been delivered since harvesting of the strategic crop began two weeks ago with 225 million Zimbabwe dollars having been paid to be farmers so far.
“We have received 25 thousand metric tonnes and this year a lot of farmers grew the 7 series crop which is a long season variety, high yielding but late-maturing so deliveries will improve as we progress,” said Rockie Mutenha, GMB Chief Executive Officer.
Meanwhile, the GMB has acquired state of the art wheat grading machines that are expected to ensure intake of a quality crop.
“GMB has purchased state of the art wheat grading machines. The machines grade protein content to determine whether the crop is premium or utility grade.”
The country consumes four hundred thousand (400 000) metric tonnes of wheat per annum and three hundred thousand (300 000) metric tonnes are expected to be delivered this year as compared to 161 thousand 432 metric tonnes received last year.
The government is working on strategies to increase wheat production to meet national requirements in line with the agriculture food and systems transformation strategy and the Agriculture recovery plan.