The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) says there is a huge demand for groundnuts, which the country is failing to satisfy.
This was revealed during a media tour of Masvingo GMB depot
According to the GMB, there is an opportunity for communal farmers to capitalise on the shortage of groundnuts as the country is currently failing to satisfy the local market.
GMB Regional Manager for the Eastern Region, Mr Tavonga Makuvara said for the 2017-18 marketing season, only 1359 tonnes of groundnuts were received at depots nationwide, which is a far cry from the market demand.
“There really is a huge demand. Our groundnuts are wanted in foreign markets but we are failing to satisfy that demand,” he said.
As of Friday last week, the GMB grain intake stood just above 1,2 million tonnes, with officials saying this level of intake was last recorded during the 1994-95 marketing season.
“We are really pleased with the level of intake at the depots. We attribute this increase to the Command Agriculture Programme,” said Mr Makuvara.
While erratic rains affected most areas, the GMB says it is ready to receive whatever grain that will be delivered to them.