The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) Thursday said by December 24, it had received 238 451 tonnes of maize of which 47,69% were strategic grain reserves.
Zimbabwe has recorded progress in maize production since dollarisation last year and national output of the staple grain is estimated at 1,3 million tonnes this year, against national demand currently estimated at 1,8 million tonnes.
GMB general manager Albert Mandizha said the maize deliveries represented a 400% increase from the same period last year.
“Tonnage paid for to date is 208 598, 752 tonnes valued at $57 million,” said Mandizha.
“Percentage paid for is 88% of the total maize delivered. GMB would like to thank farmers for trusting GMB and making their deliveries during 2010. It is our desire to grow this relationship to another level in 2011 and continue to give value to the farmer.”
Mandizha said GMB had 35 000 tonnes of maize in stock required under the Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy recommended by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee report of 2010.
He said a 187 950 tonnes of maize were exchanged for various subsidised inputs valued at $3,9 million.
By region, Mashonaland West ranked the highest in terms of grain productivity with 17 806,502 tonnes, followed by Mashonaland Central with 8 205,627 tonnes, Harare 5 621,639 tonnes, Midlands 3 516,424 and Mashonaland East with 2 100,902 tonnes.
The surge in maize production has been attributed to the government’s input subsidy scheme. However, wheat production has not fully recovered due to power and financial problems being faced by the wheat sector.
Mandizha said $9,8 million is required for winter wheat production for farmers.
A total of 21 152 tonnes of wheat were delivered to GMB as at December 24 2010.