Major gains in 2021 Agro Market Season

by | Jul 1, 2021 | Business | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has received a significantly plentiful harvest this year as compared to yester-years.

This was said yesterday during a post cabinet brief by Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.

She told the press that the update on the 2021 winter wheat production and maize marketing season by Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Honourable Anxious Masuka showed increase in not only grain but tobacco as well.

“The increase of which is a marked improvement from 2020 deliveries,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

In grain, a total of 296 443 metric tonnes of maize was delivered reflecting an increase of 306 percent. In traditional grains, 29 205 metric tonnes was delovered to GMB which was an increase of 1184 percent from last year’s delivery.

In Soya beans a delivery of10 198 mt was made , increasing by 868 precent what would have been delivered to last year to the GMB,” she added.

Credit can be given to the early dispatch of Agricultural inputs to all GMB depots in September last year on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s order.
New agriculture technology like the Pfumvudza smart farming techniques contributed to the security of the yield.

Chief of all reasons was the abundance of rain that Zimbabwe experienced last year, the farmers clearly made good use of it.

On tobacco marketing, Minister Mutsvangwa told the press that cumulative sales of 170 866 919 kg were realized this year valued at US $468 926 709, which is 19 percent above last year’s sales.
“Total tobacco export shipments have reached 65 474 million kg as at June 25, 2021. Zimbabwe exports tobacco to over 50 destinations around the world

“This was due to the prices which were 13 percent firmer than last year and delivery of better quality of the tobacco,” she added.
Ninety Four percent of tobacco had been sold under contract and 6 percent under auction.