Farmers welcome new maize producer price

By ZBC Reporter
FARMERS have welcomed the increase in the maize producer price, saying the review will ensure they get value for their produce.
The government last week announced a new maize producer price of 6 958 dollars, up from 4 000 dollars a tonne, and farmers are happy that the government is determined to ensure that they get value for their produce.
Zimbabwe National Farmers’ Union Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edward Dune, said farmers welcome the development, which is expected to ensure they do not incur losses.
“The announcement of the new maize producer price is a welcome development to our farmers,” said Zimbabwe National Farmers’ Union CEO Dune
An agronomist Ivan Craig said the newly gazetted maize producer price is a positive move, although there is a need for periodic reviews.
“This is a positive development but I think it will be noble if the price is reviewed periodically for the good of our farmers. We also urge farmers to focus on yield.” Craig said.
A farmer Maivepi Jiti concurred with the farmer representatives but emphasised on the need for the government to consult them.
“We are appealing to the government to consider us when engaging in programmes that involve us,” Jiti said.
While the maize producer price was reviewed to 6 958 dollars a tonne, the price of traditional grains has also been reviewed upwards to 7 260 dollars per tonne.
The move is expected to encourage deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) for the replenishment of the strategic grain reserve. Traditional grains will be pegged at ZWL$7 260 per metric tonne. Traditional grains include Sorghum, Millet, and Rapoko.
Traditional grains are what is being commonly referred to by the media as small grains which in essence is a term inherited from the colonial era when traditional grains had no significant role to play in the agricultural economy.