By Owen Mandovha
The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is sprucing up its storage facilities and upgrading its operational systems in anticipation of record deliveries during this year’s grain marketing season.
For the first time in years, the country is headed for a record grain production, courtesy of a successful implementation of the Pfumvudza and Command agriculture schemes.
It is all hands on the deck for the Grain Marketing Board, with Chief Executive Officer Mr Rockie Mutenha saying they are ready for a busy 2021 marketing season.
“All our silos are being maintained and upgraded countrywide as we are expecting a huge bumper harvest and in terms of payment we are in discussions with the Treasury to ensure that payments to farmers are flawless.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement is from this season onwards reintroducing mechanisms on all farms to effectively monitor and evaluate land utilisation.
“ We will send our extension officers across the country on all A2 and A1 farms so that they record production on farms. This is meant to establish a trend in production as well how well farms are being utilised Acting Agritex Director Mr Stancilae Tapererwa said.
The agricultural sector is expected to be one of the key drivers of economic growth this year, thanks to government interventions that led to a 17 percent growth in land usage under maize, surpassing the set target.