By Ian Vambe
The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has massively improved its infrastructure and operations in preparation of the anticipated bumper harvest, with an improved payment system for deliveries also being put in place.
This Thursday, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Honorable Vangelis Haritatos toured several Grain Marketing Board depots in Mashonaland West to assess their preparedness for the anticipated abundant harvest.
Evidently, the country’s silos have made huge improvements and are capacitated enough for a smooth grain delivery process.
“They have really stepped up their game. We have gone from a GMB that had officially about 80 something depots to almost 1600 collection centres…when we were in our offices discussing this we thought can this be done..maybe it’s a bit too optimistic but what we have seen around the country is amazing,” Hon Haritatos said.
A better payment system has been developed to ensure that farmers are paid timeously.
“Tine inonzi card system yekuti vanenge vasina ma accounts vanokwanisa kuuya kuzovhura GMB card ravo rakangofanana nemacards atinawo ekuma banks anongo offer zvinhu zvimwe chete ne card redu re GMB. Tirikuitira vaya vanenge vasati vavhura ma accounts. By 1 April vanogona kutouya vachigadzirisa ma accounts avo. Then vamwe varimi vane ma accounts avo tiri kukurudzira kuti vachitarisa ma accounts avo ari kushanda here kuti tizokwanisa ku meeteer our target yekuvabhadhara within 72 hours,” Kadoma depot Manager Ms Tecla Mudzviti said.
Deputy Minister Haritatos’ fact finding mission took him to GMB Depots in Kadoma, Chegutu, Murombedzi and Norton.
The anticipated bumper harvest is also expected to set the tone for increased national food security, thereby saving foreign currency on grain imports.