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Zimbabwe: Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has registered a 100 percent increase in deliveries

Published on 21 July, 2006, Last updated at 08:27 GMT
 

HE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has registered a 100 percent increase in deliveries compared to last year, thanks to last season's heavy rains and contract farming.

GMB operations director Mr John Madzinga said the 2005/6 agricultural season has been a good year with about 37 539 tonnes of soyabeans having been received compared to 11 700 tonnes delivered in 2005, while 3 102 tonnes of sorghum has been received compared to 1 184 tonnes last year.





GMB was encouraging farmers to grow more sorghum in the 2006/07 season as this year's deliveries of the crop were less than expected.

On the other hand, a total of 1 930 tonnes of groundnuts have been delivered this year, nearly double last year's figure of 1 024 tonnes.

The GMB is currently constructing a stockfeed plant in Norton at a cost of more than $200 billion with a view to addressing stockfeed problems.

"This is our first stockfeed plant. Excavations have been finished and the pillars are in place.

"The groundwork is almost done and we hope that in the next 10 months we will have completed the project," added Mr Madzinga.

The plant will supply stockfeeds for poultry, cattle and other livestock.





 

 
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