Articles tagged 'maize'

Green maize vendors flood Bulawayo CBD 13 March 2019 The number of illegal maize roasting vendors has risen sharply in the city since the beginning of summer in a move that has proved to be a headache to the Bulawayo City Council (BCC).
Maize meal price to go up 30 January 2019 HARARE - The price of maize meal is set to go up after the rise in the cost of fuel by over 150 percent, with grain millers saying transport costs for outside deliveries and raw materials have shot up by over 80 percent. Zimbabweans — already feeling the pinch from the recent fuel price hike —...
Poor agric prospects for Zimbabwe 8 January 2019 HARARE - The Famine Early Warning Network System (FEWSNET) anticipates that the macroeconomic challenges will persist in Zimbabwe, until May 2019, negatively impacting on the country's agricultural prospects.  Forecasting on the economic and agricultural prospects for 2018/19 season, FEWSNET n...
Millers mull dumping local manufacturers 19 November 2018 HARARE - Millers are considering dumping local producers of packaging material in favour of foreign manufacturers, after the indigenous players significantly increased their prices, with some demanding payment in US dollars. In a statement, the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ), sai...
Millers, manufacturers engage over new prices 8 November 2018 HARARE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (Gmaz) has given producers of packaging materials up to the end of the week to come up with a reasonable pricing that will be fair to both consumers and suppliers. A surge in the price of packaging materials saw an increase in the prices of maiz...
GMAZ holds emergency meeting 7 November 2018 HARARE - The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) will today hold an emergency meeting to deliberate on maize meal pricing and consider the impact of the lifting of Statutory Instrument (SI) 122 on the industry. This comes after manufacturers of packaging material increased their price...
Maize meal price to rise 6 November 2018 HARARE - The price of maize meal is set to go up after manufacturers of packaging material raised the cost of their material by over 500 percent. Industry sources told the Daily News yesterday that millers may also be forced to sell the product in greenbacks because the manufacturers of packag...
Hunger strikes in parts of Zim 4 June 2018 HARARE - Poor households in the southern, western and far northern regions of Zimbabwe will need food assistance up to next month with the situation getting worse thereafter, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) has said. In its latest report, Fewsnet said due to a prolonged dry ...
Local maize productivity remains low 10 April 2018 HARARE - Maize seed producer SeedCo says local farmers have been failing to keep up with the productivity capacity of its seed technology with yield statistics for 2017 and forecasts for 2018 showing productivity below international benchmarks. SeedCo commercial agronomist Philip Matombo told ...
'Maize production below average' 15 March 2018 HARARE - National maize production for 2017-18 will most likely be below-average, the US Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) has said, but government has said the country has enough grain reserves to last until next year. The Fewsnet, in its February report, said following below-nor...
Police in soup for impounding $1,5m maize 7 March 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has approached the High Court challenging an order to pay $90 300 in damages to a company that had 22 of its trucks containing maize worth $1,5 million from Zambia impounded at Chirundu Border Post by the law enforcement agency. In the application fo...
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 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...
'Climate change threatens food production' 19 September 2017 HARARE - Government has warned that without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in some parts of the country. Maize is most at risk. Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (pictured) told delegates at ...
'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...
Govt maintains $390/tonne maize price 28 July 2017 HARARE - Government will maintain the $390 per tonne maize price under its Command Agriculture programme in the 2017/2018 agricultural season despite it being the highest in southern Africa. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa defended the price. “You are quite right about raising opportunit...
'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...
Sharp price hikes for basic goods 15 June 2017 HARARE – Consumers must brace for massive increases in the price of bread, maize-meal, cooking oil and sugar, hovering around 10 percent, as millers begin to comply with a government directive that requires them to add nutrients in the production of these basic products to reduce the long-term ef...
Stop eating maize, it's stock feed: First Lady 20 February 2017 BUHERA - President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, has said Zimbabweans must stop eating maize — the country's staple food — claiming the grain is stock feed unfit for human consumption. Officially opening a girls' dormitory named after her at Hande High School in Buhera, just a few kilometres fr...
Zim faces locust invasion 15 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces a red locust invasion which further threatens maize and wheat yields, as the country battles to control fall army worm that has ravaged crops. The red locusts — a large grasshopper species — are aggressive and destructive crop-eating pests that move in swarms, feeding o...
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 ...
CBZ raises $50m to buy maize 16 September 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest commercial lender, CBZ, is back on the market to canvas $50 million through Agricultural Marketing Authority bills, to finance the purchase of maize by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB). The bills, which opened on Monday this week, have an interest rate of 8,5 percent...
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 ...