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Farmers Seek Maize Buyers After Dumping Cargill

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

Farmers accuse Cargill of buying their produce at very low prices ever since the Grain Marketing Board stopped providing services due to financial constraints. (File Photo)

Farmers accuse Cargill of buying their produce at very low prices ever since the Grain Marketing Board stopped providing services due to financial constraints. (File Photo)

Farmers in Binga, Matabeleland North say they are currently scouting for buyers of their maize after ditching a local cotton company, Cargill, which they accuse of buying their produce at very low prices ever since the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) stopped providing the service due to financial constraints.

An official from Cargill in Binga, who declined to be named, confirmed that his company is no longer working with the local farmers, but declined to comment further.

Councillor Themba Munkombwe of Ward 17, in Lusulu, Binga, where the local GMB depot is situated, says Cargill is taking advantage of desperate farmers, as the company is buying a bucket of maize for only $3, which is less than half the price stipulated by the government.

Munkombwe says he is helping the farmers approach millers and other private players, such as the World Food Programme, to buy the maize from the Binga farmers at fair prices.

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