The Grain Marketing Board, which will be handling this year’s bumper harvest, has still not delivered some inputs bought by farmers in 2008.
This was disclosed in Parliament this week when Movement for Democratic Change legislator Jessie Majome asked when one of the farmers, Godfrey Ticharwa Vambe, will get his five tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer which he bought from the GMB in 2008 under the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
Agriculture minister Joseph Made said treasury was yet to release the funds.
Q & A:
HON. MAJOME asked the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to indicate when Mr. Godfrey Ticharwa Vambe would get his five tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertiliser from the Grain Marketing Board (G.M.B) Harare Depot which he purchased in 2008 under the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe considering that G.M.B had made an undertaking to give him fertiliser as soon as Treasury released the funds.
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, MECHANISATION AND IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. MADE): Thank you Mr. Speaker. I want to thank the Hon. Member. Mr. Speaker Sir, Treasury is yet to release funds to GMB to pay farmers for the inputs owed from 2008. Thank you Mr. Speaker.