The Government recently reviewed upwards the producer prices for maize and traditional grains sold to the national granary-the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) by farmers. The Secretary for Lands. Agriculture. Water and Rural Resettlement Dr John Basera ordered the GMB to start paying farmers the new prices effective 21 July 2020.
“On 21 July 2020, Cabinet approved reviewing of floor producer prices for maize and traditional grains from ZWL12 329.72 per metric tonne and ZWL12 865.79 per metric tonne to ZWL16 153.84 and ZWL16 856.18 respectively for the 2020/21 Marketing Season. “Cabinet further approved an incentive of 30 percent on top of the reviewed producer prices,” said Dr Basera.
This means farmers delivering maize to GMB are now getting $21 000 per every tonne while traditional grains such as sorghum, rapoko and millet are fetching a slightly higher price of $21 913 per every tonne delivered to the national granary.
Meanwhile, the GMB Chief Executive Mr Rockie Mutenha said, “We urge farmers to continue delivering their grain to reduce post-harvest losses. We are paying farmers within 48 to 72 hours after deliveries,” he said.