By Staff Writer

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) is close to finalise a $ZW2,24  billion deal with the Grain Marketing Board(GMB),this publication can reveal.

According to GMAZ association chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara the deal is going to be part of the imports substitution drive the country is pursuing .

“The deal is coming at a time we have realised that the 2020 harvest has saved the country US$80 million and thus becomes the biggest import substitution undertaken by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government .

“In support of this noble agricultural programme ,GMAZ has agreed to prepay for 80 thousand tonnes of local wheat worth $2,24 billion and the transaction is already underway,”said the GMAZ boss.

The association is also running a wheat contract farming scheme which has seen  15 thousand hectares being  put under wheat this year.

“In 2020 we contracted local wheat farmers  who managed to grow the grain  on around 15 thousand hectares which did well in complimenting  government ‘s Command Agriculture Programme(CAP).

“What also excited us as an association is the quality of  the grain our local farmers produced which will in turn reduce the demand for imports,”added Musarara.

The GMAZ chairperson also   allayed fears of a looming bread and flour shortage.