Zimbabwe: Farmers Welcome Producer Prices

Farmers have welcomed the pre-planting producer price announced by Government as viable and profitable, but said input suppliers need to keep their seed, fertiliser and chemicals prices stable.

Prices for the present cropping season were announced as part of the Agriculture Recovery Plan as Government takes further significant steps aimed at boosting agricultural productivity and ensuring food self-sufficiency.

The price for maize is $32 000 a tonne, for traditional grains $38 000 a tonne and for soya beans $48 000 a tonne.

Zimbabwe Farmers Union director Mr Paul Zakariya yesterday said the announced pre-planting prices had been received well and the move would spur production as expectations were quite high.

“The prices help producers to plan and make informed decisions.

“It will be very important to support this with a bit of stability in relation to retail prices for inputs and other consumables. Production costs will need to be contained in order to ensure viability,” he said.

Mr Zakariya said farmers appreciated currency stability over the last five months.

“We hope this trend is maintained as this speaks to whether value of the announced prices will be maintained or not. On the whole, this effort is greatly appreciated,” he said.

Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president Dr Shadreck Makombe commended Government for the intervention, but discouraged input suppliers from increasing prices.