Presidential inputs to be distributed directly to farmers

THE government has introduced a Virtual Depot Distribution Strategy for the Presidential Inputs Scheme to improve efficiency in the distribution process.

With a target of over one million hectares of crops under Pfumvudza set for this summer cropping season, the government has introduced a fast-track strategy to distribute agricultural inputs, much to the delight of farmers. 

The Virtual Depot Distribution Strategy will see inputs being distributed directly to farmers, a departure from the past where inputs were taken to Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots for onward distribution to farmers.

When it’s their turn, beneficiaries are informed in advance to gather for the distribution process.

“As farmers, we are excited about the development, this means that inputs are now reaching us timeously,” said a farmer.

Another farmer said, “It is a welcome development for us as farmers because the issue of inputs was a major challenge to us. As you see me here in Harare, I am on my way to my rural area but I am very excited about the government’s decision to distribute inputs directly to us. At times we were forced to contribute money for transport.”

In an interview with the ZBC News in Harare this Tuesday, Grain Marketing Board (GMB) Chief Executive Officer Dr Edson Badarai highlighted the scope of the strategy.

“To bring efficiency and reduce costs, we have introduced a Virtual Depot Distribution Strategy. Under this Virtual Depot Distribution Strategy, inputs will be going directly to the beneficiaries where they will be collecting at the ward collection point. What we are saying is that instead of the inputs to be first distributed to GMB depots, they are now going directly to farmers and by doing so it improves efficiency.”

It also emerged the GMB is collaborating with law enforcement agents to curb abuse of the Pfumvudza/Intwasa inputs. The government is intensifying climate-proofing agriculture methods to adapt to the ravaging effects of the predicted lean season

Farmers in Mudzi and Mutoko embrace traditional grains

FARMERS in Mudzi and Mutoko districts have embraced the production of traditional grains to mitigate the effects of climate change, amid a predicted lean summer cropping season.

With climate change having become a reality, farmers in Mudzi and Mutoko have turned to the production of traditional grains to guarantee household food security.

The farmers, who met Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka, concur that being in Natural Regions 4 and 5, traditional grains are the best strategy.

"We have embraced small grains as we have realised it’s the way to go in the face of climate change and we thank the government for such an initiative which is set to improve household food security," said farmers who spoke to ZBC News.

Dr Masuka reiterated the need for farmers in dry regions to grow traditional grains. More than 30 000 hectares of traditional grains, which include sorghum and millet, have been planted in Mashonaland East province this season.

Zim lines up 40 000 tonnes maize exports

Zimbabwe is ready to resume grain exports this year with initial exports of 40 000 tonnes of grain to East Africa from the substantial surpluses grown by the farmers as the Second Republic’s agriculture policies continue to guarantee good harvests.

Wheat exports are also being considered after Zimbabwe attained self-sufficiency for the first time last year and should be reaping a significant surplus over the next few months.

Presidential Inputs Programme

The Grain Marketing Board wishes to remind members of the public that in terms of Statutory Instrument 247 of 2018, it is unlawful to sell or purchase inputs that are being distributed to farmers under the Presidential Inputs Programme (PIP) or any contract scheme or from any unauthorized dealer.

It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous traders are receiving stolen inputs. This is illegal and detrimental to both the buyer and seller. The GMB shall be rewarding anyone who comes forward with positive information leading to arrest or recovery of such inputs.

Members of the public with such information are urged to contact GMB Enterprise Risk Department on mobile numbers 0772192408, 0772194612, 0772194609 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GMB conmen alert.


1. The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) would like to warn the public from falling prey to conmen who are purporting to be employees of the parastatal and could facilitate them in getting foreign currency.

2. In one particular incident, a certain farmer that we cannot name on professional grounds, was approached by a man purporting to be an Accounting Officer in GMB and could facilitate payment for grain in USD in exchange of RTGS.