GMB desperate for transport as supplies run out

HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB), Zimbabwe's sole grain dealer, has called for haulage truck operators to help transport grain from Zambia as its silos are now almost empty.

According to an advertisement published over the weekend, the GMB is calling for interested transporters “to come on board and move grain from Zambia to Zimbabwe” as a matter of urgency.

“Interested companies should also indicate transport charges while in return the GMB will make sure it offers competitive rates and fuel at a concessionary rate,” reads part of the advert published in the state-owned The Sunday Mail.

The closing date for submissions is 14 January and the transporters are required to pay a registration fee of $20 million.

The GMB repeatedly dismisses reports that the country is running out of grain, but its frantic efforts to import supplies, particularly maize, suggest otherwise.

Agriculture Minister Rugare Gumbo late last year told the press that Zimbabwe was importing 200,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania.

“We have been importing maize from Zambia and Malawi. Right now, we are finalizing the modalities to import maize from Tanzania,” he said. – Own correspondent

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