Oliver Kazunga, senior business reporter
The GMB cereal marketing department received 880 tons of wheat from South Africa with more deliveries expected over the next few days to help the local milling industry.
Recently, Zimbabwe faces inconsistent bread deliveries on the market as flour millers have cut their production due to shortage of wheat.
Speaking on the phone yesterday, head of GMB Bulawayo, Mr. Sam Matabei, said the shipment was part of the first 1,760 tons of wheat shipment that his landfill was supposed to receive from South Africa.
"The consignment arrived from South Africa yesterday (Wednesday)," he said.
"We received 880 tons of wheat and some trucks are on our way, except for the railway wagons we received.
As we unload the wagons, there are South African trucks that are also on the way across the Plumtree border crossing to complement wheat shipments by rail.
"In the first shipment we expect to deliver 1,760 tons in the landfill over the next few days."
Mr. Matabei will not be attracted to revealing the value of the wheat that his landfill received.
The Zimbabwe Grain Producers Association (GMAZ) this week announced that bread supplies should be improved soon after the arrival of 19,000 tons of wheat that was glued to Beira.
The wheat was released after the Zimbabwe reserve bank paid $ 7 million last week.
According to GMAZ, this development will increase the availability of flour and therefore the supply of bread on the market.
GMAZ's Public Relations Manager, Garikai Chaunza, said that in the meantime wheat would meet national flour requirements.
Last month, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Vangelis Kharatatos, said the government is in the process of importing 200,000 tons of wheat through GMB to alleviate the country's shortage of bread.
He said the country consume 30,000 tonnes of wheat per month, and the government imports 200,000 tonnes will last for almost seven months.
Wheat is one of the strategic crops, but the country does not produce enough to meet national demand, so the government is paying for the deficit.
During the winter season, the government said that the country has enough resources for 60,000 hectares under agriculture and 15,000 hectares in the private sector, giving a total of 75,000 hectares under wheat.
To encourage more farmers to indulge in wheat, the government is working on incentives for wheat. – @okazunga.