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US$65 mn mobilised for wheat payouts

The Grain Millers Association has mobilised US$65 million as pre-payment for wheat, a development that will see timely payouts to farmers for their produce.

Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe chairperson, Tafadzwa Musarara who attended a field day in middle Sabi said the funds have been mobilised to buy wheat giving hope for timely payouts for those who deliver their produce.

Mr Musarara said government has greatly supported wheat farming through command agriculture and urged farmers to maximise productivity by adopting best farming practices.

Middle Sabi Farmers Association technical advisor, Lovemore Chigumira said subsidies on water and electricity charges among others are required to improve viability while farmer Mr Jeremiah Maguta who hosted the field day highlighted that lack of tillage equipment is affecting agricultural productivity.

The country is expecting over 200 tonnes of wheat, a feat realised in 1998 with prospects for more tonnage is expected as farmers get support through command agriculture programme.