By Abigirl Tembo
GOVERNMENT has set the pre-planting price for the ordinary grade of wheat at ZWL155 000 per metric tonne.
Presenting the 11th Post Cabinet Media Briefing in Harare this Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the wheat pre-planting producer price has been pegged at a level that will motivate farmers to plant additional hectarage of the crop.
“Cabinet notes that the pre-planting producer price should be pegged at a level that will motivate farmers to plant additional hectarages of wheat. The nation is informed that Cabinet approved as follows:a) that the winter wheat pre-planting price for ordinary grade of wheat be set at ZW$155,000.00/MT; b) that the winter wheat pre-planting price for premium grade of wheat be set at ZW$170,500.00/MT,” she said.
Cabinet also received highlights of the crop output projections.
Although the total projection of maize production is lower than that of the previous season, the Minister of Lands Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka assured the nation of sufficient grain reserves.
“Cabinet takes this opportunity to reassure the nation that, despite the decline in production owing to the vagaries of the weather, there is, however, enough maize in stock. Also, the recent rains have resulted in better output in the late-planted crops. The results will only be apparent at a later date. The Government will ensure that all Grain Marketing Board depots have enough maize and traditional grains to meet the demands of the nation, owing to a stable Strategic Grain Reserve position. The millers and stock feed manufacturers, on the other hand, are urged to use their free funds to import the bulk of the 300 000 metric tonnes grain in order to meet their requirements,” said the Minister.
Turning to COVID-19, Cabinet highlighted the notable strides made in the fight against the pandemic.
“On the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, Cabinet is informing the nation that remarkable progress has been witnessed since the launch of the campaign a month ago, with over two million vaccine doses already administered. The cumulative numbers of vaccinations since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 have now reached 5 869 893 and 3 683 973 for the first and second doses, respectively, and 604 860 for the third dose. Preparations for phase two of the national vaccination campaign blitz continued during the week. Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution are strengthening communication on the need for all eligible people, including religious leaders and their followers to get vaccinated,” explained Senator Mutsvangwa.
Reports on the priority projects for the first 100 day cycle of the year were also presented.
Other pertinent issues discussed during this Wednesday’s cabinet meeting include Zimbabwe’s bid for the international civil aviation organisation (ICAO) Council seat and ways to improve the mass public transportation situation.