Zimbabwe: Grain Millers to Invest Us$8m in Value Addition

The grain millers in Zimbabwe say are pumping US$8 million towards breakfast category, boosting value addition at a time the country expects a bumper harvest.

Zimbabwe and the rest of the region are anticipating improved agriculture output after receiving good rains during the farming season.

Farmers also commended Government for the timely distribution of inputs across the country, which also contributed to improved production.

Experts in the sector say with a bumper harvest expected across the region, the country needs to invest towards value addition and reducing post harvest losses.

Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) vice chairman, Mr Chipo Nheta, said there were opportunities in the breakfast category and as such, millers were looking at enhancing production in this category.

“There is going to be excess in the region and it is very important for us to manage this sustainably.

“We are looking at US$8 investment in the breakfast category and starting March next year, we should see more products in this category on the market” said Mr Nheta during a recent virtual meeting on preparedness for the 2020/21 agricultural marketing season with Ministry of Agriculture Secretary Dr John Basera that featured various stakeholders from across the value chain.

Mr Nheta said the anticipated bumper harvest would also be an added advantage for millers as most raw materials would be available locally.

He also called on Government to put more measures towards supporting local industry especially against unfair competition from imports.