Government’s initiative to cushion consumers against high prices is being implemented as silo food shops established by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) are now operational throughout the country.
GMB General Manager Mr Rockie Mutenha said the shops commenced operations after silo foods began operating as a separate subsidiary last month.
“From the 1st of April silo foods became a stand-alone institution 100 percent owned by the GMB so it is already operational. We have about 84 GMB depots so silo food products are already at those depots. We have gone beyond that and opened some satellite shops where silo food products are already being sold and these include mealie meal, wheat flour, stock feed, salt and damp. Those products are already on the shelves and they are being sold to communities and our prices are reasonable,” he said.
The products include rice, mealie meal, pearl millet meal, sorghum meal and salt.
Meanwhile, farmers who produce wheat and have access to drying facilities started delivering maize to the GMB amounting to nearly 5 000 metric tonnes but the majority of farmers will commence deliveries from end of May to the beginning of June.