LIVINGSTONE MARUFU

THE Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has secured 30 000 tonnes from Lithuania following foreign payments of wheat stocks by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).

The delivery of the wheat will build on the current stock and avert a potential bread shortages in the country.

Speaking at the arrival of wheat stocks at Olivine Industries in Harare on Thursday, GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara told journalists that millers were working round the clock to ensure bread is always readily available.

“We have secured a total of 30 000 tonnes of wheat from Lithuania thanks to RBZ which made payments a couple of weeks. Wagons are already in their way from Beira and Mutare to bring in wheat supplies.

“The 30 000 tonnes will sustain the country for the next 22 days. There will be no bread shortages if there may be any it will be down to National Railways of Zimbabwe distribution networks not forex,” said Musarara.

About 30 to 40 wagons are coming from Beira to bring wheat stocks.

“There will be no serious wheat shortages as the local wheat is currently being harvested and  millers expect that will lessen the crisis. GMAZ will be buying wheat for $310 per tonne from Government while farmers will be selling at above $700 per tonne,” Musarara said.