THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands and Agriculture is expected to present before the House a report exposing the hollowness of government’s claims that the count
ry has sufficient food after the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and the Central Statistical Office (CSO) failed to produce proof.
GMB chief executive officer, Samuel Muvuti, on Wednesday told the portfolio committee that the country had 298 000 tonnes of grain but was still expecting more deliveries from all over the country.
“We currently have 298 000 tonnes in our silos but we are expecting more to come from across the country,” Muvuti said in response to questions by the committee.
Government has been claiming that the country has harvested 2,4 million tonnes of grain from last season’s crop.
Muvuti declined to commit himself on the country’s food security, saying it wasn’t the role of the GMB and instead said the CSO should be able to answer the question.
Chairman of the portfolio committee, Zanu PF legislator for Zhombe, Daniel Mackenzie Ncube yesterday said they were waiting for documents from the GMB to support the figure of 298 000 tonnes. Ncube said the committee, which has moved across the country to physically assess the food situation, would then compile a report.
“We want to have the documentation from GMB to verify the figure as well as their projections, which suggest that more is still coming,” Ncube said. “After that we will compile a report, including the figures regarding the quantity of seeds sold last season as well as hectares put under grain. We have to submit our report first week of October when the House resumes sitting.”
The CSO has failed to submit statistics to the committee which sent questions in June requesting information on the amount of grain harvested this year.