GMB urged to procure adequate maize driers

By Jerald Sasa

GOVERNMENT says it has put in place measures to avoid post-harvest losses as grain harvesting continues in various parts of the country.

With the climate proof Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme having registered success, government says there is need to put in place measures to avoid post-harvest losses, with the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) being implored to procure enough driers at all its depots.

“We appeal to the Minister of Agriculture to provide driers at our GMB depots as some maize has been affected by the wet spell experienced in most areas,” said Cde Aplonia Munzverengwi, Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.

The Mashonaland East Provincial Agritex Officer said,

“We expect a bumper harvest this season so we are ready for the harvesting season despite the wet spell.”

The Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme has become an agriculture success story in the quest to ensure food security at household level.  

“We are happy with this programme which has come as an answer to household food security,” said Senator Marble Chinomona, Senate President and Zanu PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs.

“As a farmer I want to thank government for the inputs and am expecting a bumper harvest,” said one farmer.

Another farmer was also optimistic and said, “We are ready to harvest our crops which did very well as a result of the pfumvudza programme.”

A total of 329 000 households in Mashonaland East province took up the climate proof Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme this summer.