Soyabean production up by 51 percent

HARVESTING of soyabean is underway in Mashonaland Central province, with farmers expressing optimism that production will enable the nation to cut down on imports of the strategic industrial crop.
A 51 percent increase in production is anticipated countrywide this season and with demand for soya bean surpassing supply in recent years, optimism is high that the current harvesting of the strategic crop will significantly reduce the deficit.
The increase in production of soya bean comes at a time the largest buyers of foreign currency on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe auction are soya importers intending to offset demand.
“With the good rains we received my hope is that we’ll harvest well and regain our bread basket status,” said a farmer, Otilia Matangira.
“At the moment we are currently loading grains into sacks for delivery to the grain marketing board,” said another farmer, Jack Mapureni
The Grain Marketing Board is being challenged to put in place mechanisms that ensure soya bean producers are served timeously as they are also chasing the wheat planting deadline.
Government set a pre-producer price of 48 000 RTGs per tonne with the second round crop and livestock assessment indicating a 51 percent increase in production to 71 290 metric tonnes from 47 thousand metric tonnes in the 2019/20 season.