The Grain Marketing Board (GMB), the country’s leading grain trade and Marketing Company was established under the Maize Control Act of 931. Its basic responsibilities were to accord producers their fair share of the local export markets, to provide them with a guaranteed outlet for their excess controlled products and to ensure the availability of adequate suppliers for the local demand either from internal production or from exports. These responsibilities have remained fundamentally unchanged although many commodities in addition to maize have been under the control of the grain Marketing Board. GMB has modified from being fundamentally a developmental or social institution to include being commercially oriented commodity trading organization. This led to introduction of SILO brand of products.
A center of excellence in grain management by 2030.
To ensure national food security through the efficient and sustainable management of the Strategic Grain Service
Shared vision, unity of purpose and action in achieving desired results and mutual interdependence as one GMB family.
Creating new ideas, embracing continuous improvement in our people, process and systems delivered through responsible creative solutions and technology for growth.
Taking responsibility or ownership for our business practices.
Consistent and timeous provision of quality goods and services as well as meeting our clients’ expectations.
Honesty, ethical and fairness by doing the right thing in a reliable way.
Operating in a manner which is open, non-corrupt, professional and compliant to lay down rules, regulations and procedures.
Functions Of The Board
To ensure the orderly marketing of agricultural products
To do all things necessary and consistent with the provisions of this Act to ensure the orderly marketing of controlled products within any prescribed area.
To buy and sell any grain which is delivered to or acquired by it
To buy and sell grains and oil seed
To provide storage, handling and processing facilities.
To maintain Strategic Grain Reserves for Government policies
Import and export agricultural products as it may consider necessary
To provide fumigation, product quality control services and commercial training in grain handling
To process and package rice, groundnuts, sugar beans, coffee, nyimo and popcorn at some of its depots.
To implement the Input Supply Credit Scheme to stimulate agriculture
To establish more depots so as to stimulate agricultural products, particularly in the production of small grains.
GMB is currently trading in all the grains produced in the country as it is the buyer of last resort. In addition, GMB has taken a leading role in support of the agrarian reform by supporting farmers to grow cash crops such as:
millet etc through its agricultural inputs scheme.