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‘Drought-stricken villagers getting rotten maize from GMB’

‘Drought-stricken villagers getting rotten maize from GMB’

Thursday, 05 July 2012 18:02

Wongai Zhangazha

THE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is facing accusations by a civil society 
monitoring organisation of distributing rotten maize to villagers hard-hit 
by drought mainly in Chinhoyi, Mhangura and Banket.
A recent report released for the period January to March 2012 by Civil 
Society Monitoring Mechanism (Cisomm), a group of non-governmental 
organisations dedicated to monitoring and evaluating implementation of the 
Global Political Agreement, said although the humanitarian situation in the 
country had stabilised, there were key vulnerabilities that still need to be 

“Villagers in Chinhoyi, Mhangura and Banket, who are going through a lean 
spell, have found themselves the unfortunate recipients of the maize which 
the GMB said in November had deteriorated due to poor storage at its 44 
depots and silos,” reads the report.

The dry, damaged maize classified as “top grade” and bought at US$285 per 
tonne last year has been written off and is now being sold as stock feed to 
cattle farmers at an average price of US$175 a tonne, the report further 


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