The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has made contingent measures in place to make up for depots whose storage facilities are filled up as more grain continues to be delivered countrywide.

The GMB is still taking in grain deliveries by farmers and is creating more storage facilities to accommodate more deliveries.

At Banket GMB depot, grain is being cargoed by wagons and haulage trucks to Norton and Murewa depots in order to create more space in the silos that have a capacity of 84 000 tonnes.

The depot has a combined storage capacity of 91 000 tonnes.

The institution has had to lease the nearby Cottco premises where more stacks have been built.

The Cottco depot also has a large warehouse where more grain is being stored.

GMB Banket depot manager, Ms Abigail Muziti said no farmer is being turned away owing to lack of storage facilities as contingent measures have been put in place to ensure there is always storage space for more grain deliveries.

She added that the area has now been decongested because most farmers have since delivered their grain while the 24 hour shift has also helped the situation.

The 2016-2017 agricultural season has seen a phenomenal maize grain production spurred on by the government’s command agriculture programme.


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