Govt Urges Millers, Bakers To Invest In Wheat Outgrower Schemes To Reduce Import Bill

The government of Zimbabwe recently made a decision to encourage millers and bakers to establish outgrower schemes in wheat production. The move, if effectively implemented, will boost food self-sufficiency and reduce the trade deficit.

Zimbabwe spends at least $250 million annually for wheat imports to complement local production which suffered a decline over the years.

Import substitution through increased local production is cited as a major intervention to reduce the high trade deficit affecting the economy, and in so doing cabinet resolved to avert reliance on imports by encouraging the private sector to support local wheat farmers through outgrowers’ schemes.

Chairperson of the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe Mr Tafadzwa Musarara had this to say

This is game changing but obviously, let’s deal with infrastructure around dams and irrigation equipment on farms. The issue of bankability of 99-year leases is also crucial to unlocking funding to the private sector.

Beverages maker Delta Holdings’ public relations manager Patricia Murambinda said

We do have a fully fledged and staffed department that deals with the outgrowers scheme and that has helped not to go on the foreign currency queue seeking to import raw materials save for soft drink concentrates which cannot be locally manufactured.

Between 350 000 to 400 000 tonnes of wheat is required annually to meet the national requirements.

The government set a new producer price of $630 per tonne from $500 in order to promote local wheat production for the upcoming wheat crop season.

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Tafadzwa Musarara

Tafadzwa Musarara is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and a member of the empowerment lobby group, Affirmative Action Group. Read More About Tafadzwa Musarara

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  1. Why not peg the producer price in US $ so as to reduce risk on the part of the farmers. This can be set at say half of the landing price of imported wheat so that we have a win win scenario here. I welcome the intervention here and am happy to see the adoption of most of my proposals. This will certainly encourage would be lenders to work with the farmers.

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