Govt owes millers $120m – GMAZ

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bags of mealie meal at Renkini
bags of mealie meal at Renkini

Almot Maqolo

HARARE – The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) says it is owed more than $120m by government for roller meal subsidy refunds dating back from last December.

This, the association says, was affecting constant supply of roller meal.

In a statement, GMAZ spokesperson Garikai Chaunza said: “We are, however, waiting for a review of the price of roller meal subsidy from the government so that we pump the product into the market and hope to improve the supply of the commodity within the next 30 days.”

This price increase comes as Government reviewed the maize producer price to $6 958 per tonne from $4 000/t previously.

The millers said so far they had to import 10 000 tonnes of maize from South Africa.

“The efforts have been made possible by the government which has given us the opportunity to import,” he said.

Chaunza said GMAZ chairman Tafadzwa Musarara was on a regional and international crusade to engage with grain producers and suppliers so as to intensify grain procurement.

GMAZ is complementing government efforts of ensuring food security although trips to Asia have been stopped.

“The CoronaVirus epidemic has also affected our trips to Asia and related destinations where we intend to procure rice, maize, and wheat,” he said.

GMAZ remains committed to fulfilling our mandate and moral duty of ensuring national food security, Chaunza added.

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