Government has challenged the board of directors at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to reform the parastatal and ensure it becomes an active participant in driving the country’s economic growth agenda.
This Wednesday the Minister of Lands, Water and Rural Resettlement Dr Anxious Masuka reminded the organisation of its critical mandate.
“Transformation of the GMB from a beneficiary in the agricultural value chain to an active participant for the receipt, distribution, accountability, use and grain intake for Presidential Schemes. Develop the Agriculture and Food Transformation Strategy, the Agricultural Recovery plan and the National Development Strategy,” he urged.
Minister Masuka told the board of the urgent need to eradicate challenges in paying farmers for grain deliveries.
He added: “Develop sustainable financing mechanisms for the purchase and sale of grain ahead of the 2020/21 summer marketing season.”
The GMB board was also challenged to adopt modern business practices to optimise the company’s operations.
“Improving internal capacity, capability and competencies to generate the requisite efficiencies for the delivery of seamless services and ensuring that objectives are met through roust plans,” said Dr Masuka.
As part of state enterprise reforms, GMB operations were separated from commercial activities for it to focus on creating a strategic grain reserve for the country.
The Grain Marketing Board occupies a central role in safeguarding the country’s food security but operational inefficiencies have affected the successful execution of its mandate.