The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made has announced that the Ministry of Finance has released US $10 million to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB)Â to pay farmers who have delivered their grains.Â
Speaking at a media briefing at Ngungunyana House in Harare, Dr Made confirmed that the Finance Ministry in conjunction with his ministry have released the money which is expected to be paid to aboutÂ 66% of farmers who have delivered their maize.
Dr Made revealed that the amount needed for farmers who have delivered grain but have not been paid is US$15 million, hence there is a deficit of US $5 million which the Ministry of Finance is sourcing.
Â â€œWe have agreed with the Minister of Finance that immediately after the release of US$ 10 million, he is now in the process of looking for an additional US$ 2million, said Dr Made.
Dr Made said he is happy with grain deliveries at the GMB and farmers should continue with the good work.
â€œWe have been overwhelmed by the amount of grain that has been delivered toÂ GMB as compared to the previous two or three seasons, I want the farmers to continue delivering their maize to the GMB,â€ added Dr Made.
Speaking at the same briefing, GMB General Manager, Mr Albert Mandizha assured farmers that the parastatal is moving with speed to avail payments to farmers ahead of the coming farming season.
â€œBy late next week we will be disbursing funds for the periods we have not paid for, starting from the 18th of June to the 6th of August,â€ said Mr Mandizha.
Dr Joseph Made also announced, the lifting of the ban on all animal products including stock feeds with immediate effect.
This ban was put in place in a bid to monitor disease outbreaks and to protect the local consumers from cheap products.
The Minister said the Veterinary Department will oversee and thoroughly inspect for quality in all imported animal products.