Private sector supports contract farming

HARARE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (Gmaz) and the Grain and Oilseeds Traders Association of Zimbabwe (Gotaz) are set to engage contract farmers to cultivate 100 000 Hacters (ha) of soya beans and maize during the 2017 farming season to plug local deficit, it has emerged.

In a statement released yesterday, the associations indicated they were also going to finance contract farming of 45 000 ha of wheat in all traditional farming districts across the country of for the winter season.

“Realising the need to scale up the agro-processing in Zimbabwe through enhancing viability of the entire grain value chain…

“The esteemed members of the Grain Millers Association and Oilseeds Traders Association of Zimbabwe hereby commit a crop farming plan for the period up to July 31, 2017,” the associations said in the joint statement.

The groups also noted the programme was going to result in the need to import fertilisers, especially ammonium nitrate and urea.

“Local fertiliser manufacturing companies have seemingly no capacity to provide for this season as their current carrying stocks stands at 10 000 metric tones of ammonium nitrate against an immediate demand of 150 000 metric tones.

“We appeal that fertiliser importing companies be allowed to import without limitation in order to provide for both summer and local winter farming,” the associations said.

Gmaz and Gotaz said it was also imperative for importers of wheat and maize to commit at least 30 percent of their requirement to local contractors in order to support local production.

“Importation of imported finished products such as maize meal, wheat flour, maize grits, soya meal must be banned in order to create a secure market for the produce grown under contract farming.

“Electricity and water charges constitute 40 percent of the production costs of growing grain.

“Accordingly, we ask for concessionary low rate of water and electricity charges,” Gmaz and Gotaz said.

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can anyone give me details of those involved in financing contract farming 00263777504589

Courage Mashumba - 16 November 2016

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