Maize deliveries hit 600k tonnes mark

By Tendai Munengwa
DELIVERIES to the Grain Marketing Board have now surpassed the country’s Grain Strategic Reserve requirements with more than six hundred thousand metric tonnes having been delivered so far.
Over 600 thousand metric tonnes of grain and not out. This is the situation at Grain Marketing Board depots where deliveries are still coming in despite the fact that the country has met its strategic reserve requirements.
“We are receiving about 12 thousand metric tonnes on a daily basis. So far we have over 600 thousand tonnes of grains. Over Half a million the grains is maize – so our depots are busy as farmers intensified deliveries,” said Mr Rockie Mutenha, the Grain Marketing Board Chief Executive Officer
The GMB is also set to announce over 1400 mobile buying points this Sunday as part of efforts to decongest GMB depots in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and bring convenience to farmers.
“We have come up with 1400 collection and mobile buying points which will be announced this Sunday. We want to ensure farmers do not congest our depots. We also encourage farmers to group, move their grains to one collection point and approach their nearest depot manager assist them with transport to ferry it to GMB,” he said.
Over 80 percent of all grain delivered so far has been paid for, while GMB is appealing to those with trucks to register with their depots to move grain as the mobile buying initiative comes into effect next week.

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