State-owned, the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has moved closer to the Port of Beira in Mozambique to improve the movement of wheat imports into the country.

The NRZ has been taking delivery of wheat wagons from its interchange point at Machipanda on the Zimbabwe – Mozambique border.

However, due to challenges on the Mozambique side with the movement of rail traffic into Zimbabwe, the parastatal board has made a decision to go beyond the interchange point closer to the Port of Beira to collect wheat traffic destined for the country.

Sources close to the developments say so far the state-owned utility has sent a couple of trains between Sunday and Tuesday to collect 45 wagons of the commodity.

Contacted for comment the parastatal’s spokesperson Mr Nyasha Maravanyika confirmed the development saying it is meant to assist in the fast transportation of wheat into the country.

“There is nothing we can do because we are already in that process which we believe shall unlock more value in the transportation of the commodity to boost the local industry,” said Mr Maravanyika.

Market watchers say the fast transportation of wheat imports by the railway utility is also anticipated to improve viability of the wheat industry value chain in terms of raw material availability at low costs and stabilise prices of by-products mainly bread.