The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) said it has now received 23 952 tonnes of maize since the beginning of the grain marketing season on April 1.
The figure is almost three times the 8 952 tonnes delivered in the same period last year.
GMB chief executive, Rockie Mutenha, on Tuesday said besides the over 20 000 tonnes of maize that have so far been delivered, farmers have also brought several tonnes of small grains. He said:
We have received 23 952 tonnes of maize from farmers. Farmers have also delivered 195 tonnes of white sorghum, 28 tonnes of red sorghum, 48 tonnes of millet and 704 tonnes of soya beans. This season we are accepting maize with a moisture level of between 13 and 14 per cent.
Mutenha also revealed that GMB was working towards assisting farmers across the country to deliver their grain without travelling long distances.
Meanwhile, the producer price of maize has this season been set at $12 329,72 per tonne, traditional grains at $12 865,79 and soybeans at $17 211,74.