Oil expressers hopeful of increased production levels

By ZBC Reporter

EDIBLE oil producers are confident of increasing production levels with a good harvest of soya bean expected this season.

Continued government support for food growers has seen more local farmers participating in soya bean growing, a development that has raised hope among edible oil expressers for improved yields.

 Speaking to ZBC News Oil Expressers Association of Zimbabwe (OEAZ) Chairperson Mr Busisa Moyo said edible oil producers are expecting to shake off the impact of Covid-19 when soya harvesting begins in March.

 The government has been very active supporting food growers association; you know soya is part Pfumvudza programme. We believe that we will be significantly better than last year as we look forward to a better harvest. We haven’t seen crop estimates yet but we are aware that more farmers participated in soya growing last year compared to other seasons, he said.

Mr Moyo also hinted on the ongoing engagements with local farmers to review the pricing structure and retain competitiveness on the regional market.

We are still engaging our farmers to ensure that our pricing is sensitive to regional markets so that we don’t incentivise smuggling of cheaper products. Such discussions are very important now as we eye this new harvest which is not so far away from now, he added.

With Covid-19 battering many sectors, survival strategies and the need to stay afloat will be critical in ensuring the industrial sector continues to produce goods and services which satisfy the market.

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