Articles tagged 'gmb'

GMB boss up for $1m fraud 14 July 2018 HARARE - Grain Marketing Board Pension Fund chief executive officer Taona Munzvandi is being charged with fraud after allegedly fleecing his employer of $1 million in a botched land sale deal. Munzvandi, 48, appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa yesterday. He was released on...
GMB aggressively pursues small grains 21 May 2018 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has ventured into selling of small grain in a bid to compete with other millers and deliver on its mandate in a financially sustainable manner that is less reliant on the fiscus. This comes as Cabinet recently approved GMB's request to have two separate...
GMB depots ready to receive grain 14 May 2018 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has said their depots are now ready to receive grain from farmers who need to sell their crops. This follows the start of the 2018/19 marketing season on April 1. “Farmers are encouraged to: deliver their maize and small grains directly to GMB depots...
Farmers urged to deliver maize to GMB 11 May 2018 HARARE - The 2018/19 maize marketing season kicked off on April 1, with the Grain Marketing Board urging farmers to deliver grain to all GMB depots that are ready to receive grain crops. The summer cropping season ended on March 31 and harvesting of the early-planted maize crop has already sta...
GMB bosses under fire over $70 000 package 14 March 2018 HARARE - Two Grain Marketing Board (GMB) board members are in the eye of a storm for demanding $70 000 from Treasury for the 18 months they took up management posts at the grain utility. GMB board chairperson Charles Chikaura and his deputy Basilio Sandamu told the parliamentary portfolio comm...
GMB refurbishes 10 silos countrywide 14 March 2018 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has said 10 out of 12 silos at the country's leading grain trade institution which had crumbled under years of neglect have now been refurbished. The national granary, which is owed $81 million by Treasury and posted a mortifying loss of over $208 milli...
Outrage at GMB's $208m loss 27 January 2018 HARARE - Government must get rid of the perennial loss-making Grain Marketing Board (GMB) because it was bleeding the fiscus, analysts said yesterday. This comes amid shocking revelations in Parliament on Tuesday that the crumbling State grain utility posted a mortifying loss of over $208 mill...
GMB posts $208m net loss for 2017 24 January 2018 HARARE - State grain utility Grain Marketing Board (GMB) posted a net loss of $208 million last year that it attributed to the impact of a government-sponsored Command Agriculture that offered a maize subsidy. GMB general manager Rockie Mutenha told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Lan...
Command Agric flaws exposed 2 December 2017 HARARE – The parliamentary committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development has exposed flaws on the Command Agriculture programme. Presenting a report in the National Assembly on Thursday, the committee chairperson Christopher Chitindi said most farmers did not get in...
Govt imports maize despite bumper harvest 20 October 2017 HARARE - Despite official claims that the 2016/17 farming season achieved a bumper harvest owing to the Command Agriculture initiative, government is clandestinely importing the staple grain from neighbouring countries. Ironically, the grain imports violate a ban imposed by the same government...
Govt must treat farmers fairly 19 October 2017 HARARE - For many years, agriculture has buoyed Zimbabwe’s agro-based economy with crops such as tobacco and cotton ranking among the major foreign currency earners. While cotton has since fallen down the pecking order, tobacco has remained a top earner of the much-needed foreign currency. ...
Cabinet orders GMB to accept grain transparently 3 October 2017 HARARE - Cabinet has directed the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to accept grain from farmers in an open and transparent manner, following reports that people were actually paying to get their grain accepted by the country’s granary. This comes amid reports that some grain was rejected in order f...
'GMB silos not yet full' 11 September 2017 HARARE - Despite government claims of a bumper harvest, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) silos in various provinces are not yet full with the national granary still accepting grain from farmers. This comes amid claims by proponents of Command Agriculture and Presidential Input Scheme that GMB d...
Agriculture runs $120m budget deficit 1 September 2017 HARARE - Although Zimbabwe experienced improved harvest due to Command Agriculture, estimates suggest that government budget deficit will increase by nearly $120m this year due to a maize subsidy. At least 45 000 farmers have registered for maize and soya bean production under Command Agricult...
'Farmers to deliver 1m tonnes of maize by Sept' 17 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean farmers are expected to deliver 1 million tonnes of maize to the State grain agency by September, Davis Marapira, deputy Agriculture minister responsible for cropping has said. Marapira said the government-run Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which in the past has struggled to ...
Govt to install maize dryers at GMB 15 July 2017 HARARE - Government will start drying maize grain to prevent spoilage during storage, Agriculture minister Joseph Made has told Senate. This comes after the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has tightened its grain moisture guidelines for maize bought, discounting corn with grain moisture above 12.5...
GMB thrown into quandary 5 July 2017 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has been thrown into a quandary, as its general manager Rockie Mutenha faces a lengthy medical layoff — barely two months after taking control of the strategic parastatal. While board chairman Charles Chikaura has briefly confirmed the ex-Agricultural M...
'15 parastatals face collapse' 27 June 2017 HARARE - The Auditor-General Midred Chiri (pictured)has warned about the ability of 15 State-owned enterprises to continue as a going concern. In her State Enterprises and Parastatals Report of 2016, the government auditor named Zesa Holdings (Zesa) and its subsidiaries; TelOne, Grain Marketin...
Zim imports maize to address deficit 12 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has so far imported about 300 000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of maize as the country battles to plug a 2,5 million tonne cereal deficit, President Robert Mugabe said. Mugabe last week said of the total, 25 000MT had been imported by the private sector as local farmers have delivered ...
Farmers deliver 35 000mt of maize 13 June 2016 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has collected 35 000 metric tonnes (mt) of maize from local farmers as the country battles to plug a 2,5 million tonne cereal deficit, a Cabinet minister has said. Agriculture minister Joseph Made last week told the National Assembly that local farmers ...
Mpofu under fire 19 May 2016 BULAWAYO - Macro-economic Planning and Investment Promotion minister Obert Mpofu has come under fire after he lambasted the outspoken Ntabazinduna chief, Nhlanhla Ndiweni, for pushing for the closure of a Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depot. Chief Ndiweni argued that “locals are not benefiting a...
Govt must sort out GMB mess 15 February 2016 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board is one of many State-run enterprises that are struggling to stay afloat owing to myriad of challenges that include poor corporate governance and the obtaining liquidity crunch. It is public knowledge that GMB has enjoyed monopoly in the grain sector for years...
Govt pays up 2013/2014 maize arrears 30 November 2015 HARARE - Government has completely paid up all its arrears to farmers for maize grain deliveries for the 2013/2014 season, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. Chinamasa told Parliament in his Thursday budget statement that government was committed to capacitating farmers, and had paid...
Management shake-up looms at GMB 24 November 2015 HARARE - A board and management shake-up is looming at State-run Grain Marketing Board (GMB), following recommendations from an audit conducted by the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee, it has emerged. In a four-year audit report presented to Parliament last week, the committee recom...
GMB keen to recover cars from ex-GM 14 November 2015   HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has filed a lawsuit against its former general manager Albert Mandizha, seeking to recover two motor vehicles. According to court papers filed by GMB chairperson Charles Chikaura, the State grain utility is seeking an order compelling Mandizha to r...