The Pan African Christian Business Forum (PACBF) has applauded President ED Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe’s import substitution program.
The PACBF Executive Secretary said “The Church needs to be involved in Public Private Partnerships such as the one exhibited by Grain Millers in Zimbabwe and the government.”
Grain Millers have partnered with Government and Zimbabwean farmers to create a structure which has seen the country producing its own wheat.
Zambian clergyman Pastor Elvis Kamwendo said Zambia and the entire SADC region should emulate the example set by the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe.
President ED Mnangagwa’s new dispensation made food security a priority and also prioritised import substitution. This has paid off as Government and Grain Millers have worked together to ensure both targets are achieved.
GMAZ is close to concluding a $2,6 billion deal to purchase 80 000 tonnes of locally produced wheat from GMB, as part of the imports substitution drive. The association’s chairperson, Mr Tafadzwa Musarara, said: “The milling industry is delighted with the Government’s continued support of the local production of wheat.
“The 2020 harvest has saved the country US$80 million, and thus becomes one of the biggest import substitution programmes undertaken by the country.
“In support of this noble agricultural programme, GMAZ has agreed to prepay for 80 000 tonnes of this local wheat worth $2,24 billion.
“This transaction is currently under execution.”
GMAZ-contracted farmers also put 15 000 hectares under wheat.
“We are equally excited of the quality of the 2020 local wheat as it will reduce demand for imports.
“This development enhances national food security. Further, GMAZ in 2020 also contracted local wheat farmers up to 15 000 hectares to compliment the Government’s Command Agriculture Programme.
Mr Musarara assured the nation that bread and flour will be adequately available.