- UPDATE ON SUMMER CROPS MARKETING AND WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTION
Cabinet received an update on summer crops marketing and winter wheat production, which was presented by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Hon. Dr. Anxious Jongwe Masuka.
Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that as at 9 July, 2023, the Grain Marketing Board had in stock a total of 204 084 metric tonnes of maize and 41 464 mt of traditional grains. Millers and stock-feed manufacturers are being allocated 27 000 mt, SILO Foods 16 000 mt per month, and an additional 10 000 mt will be sold to Rwanda. The available grain will last 5.6 months. This shows that Zimbabwe has sufficient grain to carry it through to the next season.
Regarding wheat, the country’s current stocks stand at 140 029 metric tonnes, which are sufficient to provide 8 months cover. The monthly allocation stands at 21 000 mt. Considering that the country is wheat self-sufficient, discussions are underway with neighbouring countries on possible wheat exports. Cabinet wishes to highlight that 69.8 percent of the country’s wheat is being produced by A1 farmers.