THE Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) is currently waiting for government to review the price of subdisised mealie meal before they can disburse it into the market, Zim Morning Post has learnt.
In a statement, GMAZ on Tuesday said they were waiting for the signal from government so they could begin releasing subdisised mealie meal into the market countrywide.
“We are waiting for a review of the price of subsidised roller meal by government so we can pump the product into the market.
“We hope to improve the supply of the commodity within the next 30 days,” read a part of the statement by GMAZ.
The millers association said it had already imported 10 000 metric tonnes of mealie meal from South Africa.
“GMAZ is happy to announce that we have so far managed to import 10 000mt of maize from South Africa, whose efforts have been made possible by the government which has given us the opportunity to import,” the statement also revealed.
Government owes private millers ZWL120 million in roller meal subsidy refunds, which GMAZ said was affecting the stable supply of roller meal in the market.
“Millers are currently owed in excess of ZWL120 million by government in roller meal subsidy refunds dating back from last December, and this is affecting the constant supply of roller meal.
“Under normal circumstances, subsidy payments should come within seven days,” the statement read.
Tafadzwa Musarara, GMAZ chairperson is, however, reportedly working on a regional and international effort to try and engage other grain producers and suppliers with the aim to ensure sufficient food security in the country.
“The CoronaVirus epidemic has also affected our trips to Asia and related destinations, where we intend to procure rice, maize, and wheat,” he said.
Zimbabwe has this yesr experienced severe drought-related shortages of mealie meal.
Shops around the country have no mealie meal, with the exception of a few retail shops who are importing the maize from neighbouring South Africa, resultantly charging outrageous prices that range from ZWL100 to ZWL110.
Scarcity of mealie meal, Zimbabwe’s staple food, has seen many with entrepreneurial minds engage in selling the product, having sourced it from their retail outlets connections or from outside in South Africa.