By Faith Chimutsa
The Grain Marketing Board(GMB) reiterates the need for the Satutory Instruments to be abided to with maize,soyabeans, wheat and barley being controlled products.
In a statement, GMB said they advise all farmers that maize, soya beans, wheat and barley are controlled products in terms of the Statutory Instruments (SI)
These SIs are, SI 145 – Grain Marketing (Control of Sale of Maize) Regulations, 2019.
SI 97 – Grain Marketing (Control of Sale of Soya Beans) Regulations, 2021.
SI 188 – Grain Marketing (Control of Sale of Wheat and Barley) Regulations, 2021.
“All farmers or producers of controlled products are required to deliver the product to any nearest GMB depot within 14 days of harvesting. Farmers/producers who intend to retain a portion of the product shall apply for exemption from GMB”, read the press statement.
GMB notes that all farmers, producers and contractors are required to apply for a movement permit where grains are being moved from one area to the other.
Furthermore they stated that rrading in controlled products (buying or selling) without authority of the GMB is an offence. All storers, millers, stock feeders and any other users of controlled products are required to register with the GMB before engaging in such business.
“Grain Marketing Board shall be enforcing the above Statutory Instruments to ensure compliance. Those found in breach of the regulations risk prosecution, forfeiture of the grains and a fine three times the selling price of the controlled product”, added the press statement.