winter wheat.jpgThe Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe has expressed concern over government’s slow pace in ensuring that proper preparations are made ahead of the winter wheat season.

With indications that wheat farmers are having difficulties in preparing for the winter planting season, stakeholders have called on government to intervene.

Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe President, Mr Tafadzwa Musarara says it is a cause for concern, adding that government should make sure that farmers are paid their dues by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and also receive seed and fertiliser in the shortest space of time that is left.

winterwheat1.jpgHe said low production of wheat will only result in genetically modified wheat finding its way into the country, a situation which is unacceptable considering the vast space of land that is there and the willing wheat farmers who are being neglected.

Despite the first day of winter wheat planting being the 1st of April, there is currently no activity on the ground with farmers saying they cannot break even as they have not been paid by the GMB.

Analysts say, unless government comes up with drastic measures in the next three weeks, winter wheat production will hit a record low this year.