Oliver Kazung, Senior Business Reporter
The Depot Bulawayo Grain Marketing Board (GMB) received 880 tons of South African wheat with more supplies expected in the coming days to support local industries.
Recently, Zimbabwe has faced inconsistent supply of bread on the market, as flour-mill producers have cut production due to lack of wheat.
Speaking on the phone yesterday, the manager of the GMB Bulawayo department, Mr Sam Matabei, said that the party was part of the first 1,760 tonnes of wheat that the depo was destined to receive from South Africa.
"Yesterday (Wednesday) the party came from South Africa," he said.
"We got 880 tons of wheat, and some trucks are on the way, except for the rail cars we received.
As we unload the wagons, there are South African trucks that are also on their way through the Plumtree Border Report supplementing the supply of wheat by rail.
"With the first installment, we expect that 1 760 tons will be delivered to the depot in the next few days."
Mr. Matabee will not be involved in disclosing the price of wheat received by the depot.
The Zimbabwe grain miller association (GMAZ) this week reported that bread supplies should be improved shortly after the arrival of 19,000 tonnes of wheat, which was bred to Beira.
Wheat was released after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe paid last week's $ 7 million.
GMAZ said that the development will increase the availability of flour, and hence the supply of bread to the market.
Mr Garikai Chaunza, GMAZ Public Relations Manager, said that at the same time, wheat will cover national requirements for flour.
Last month, deputy minister of land, agriculture, water supply, climate and rural displacement, Vangelis Haritatos, said the government would import 200,000 tonnes of wheat through GMB to reduce the country's lack of bread.
He said the country consumes 30,000 tonnes of wheat a month, and the government importing 200,000 tonnes will last nearly seven months.
Wheat is one of the strategic crops, but the country does not produce enough to meet national demand, so the government imports to cover the deficit.
During this winter, the government stated that the country had sufficient resources of 60,000 hectares under the command of agriculture, and 15,000 hectares in the private sector, which provides 75,000 hectares of wheat.
To encourage more farmers to enter wheat, the government is working on stimulating wheat farmers. – @okazunga