Command Agric fuel: The facts


Local and international analysts and institutions have released positive expectations about economic growth, premised on the success of Command Agriculture

Local and international analysts and institutions have released positive expectations about economic growth, premised on the success of Command Agriculture

Felex Share Senior Reporter
GOVERNMENT will this week dispatch teams to audit usage of Command Agriculture inputs countrywide, as it emerged yesterday that the programme’s financier, Sakunda Holdings, paid duty for fuel used in the project.

Invoices obtained by The Herald from the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) showed that Sakunda Holdings paid duty for the 15 million litres of diesel and petrol used under Command Agriculture between September 2016 and last Friday.

This is contrary to assertions by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo that fuel for the special maize import substitution programme was duty-free.

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In an interview with The Standard, Prof Moyo claimed that Command Agriculture had no monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

He did not proffer evidence to substantiate his claims.

Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Mr Justin Mupamhanga yesterday said he would provide details on the audit teams today.

A Government official privy to the developments said security details would be part of the audit teams.

“This week we have 10 teams of four people going to all the eight provinces where farmers got inputs under Command Agriculture to assess the usage of those inputs,” said the official.

“The teams will include one official each from the ministries of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development; Finance and Economic Development, Sakunda Holdings and a security detail.

“Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West provinces will each have two teams of four people. Apart from their audits, they will also be gathering vital information for the new season. The teams will be assisted by Arex officers who recently received 200 motorbikes for that purpose from Sakunda Holdings.”

See copies of invoices  below



Contrary to reports that fuel imported and used in Command Agriculture did not pay duty, documents above show transfer of fuel from national Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) to Sakunda Holdings, an invoice of duty charged and proof of payment

Contrary to reports that fuel imported and used in Command Agriculture did not pay duty, documents above show transfer of fuel from national Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) to Sakunda Holdings, an invoice of duty charged and proof of payment

The official said the teams would also ensure that farmers were delivering their maize to the Grain Marketing Board.

Command Agriculture is the brainchild of First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and is being supervised by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who chairs the Cabinet Committee on Food and Nutrition.

Together with the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme, Command Agriculture has yielded positive results this year as the country gears for a bumper harvest.

The success has seen Government stopping maize imports with President Mugabe last week describing the initiative as “beautiful”.

Prof Moyo, who sits in Cabinet, has been lampooning the programme and VP Mnangagwa.

He continued with his vilification yesterday in The Standard newspaper, wrongly stating that Sakunda Holdings — who poured $192 million into the programme — was getting fuel duty free.

Documents and invoices from NOIC showed that duty was paid for all the fuel used for tilling, planting and harvesting.

To date, 15 million litres have been used, of which 732 000 litres were direct deliveries (bulk fuel).

The remaining 14,2 million litres were fuel coupons issued to farmers.

Sakunda Holdings, invoices reveal, bought the coupons from Redan Coupon (Pvt) Limited at between $1,18 and $1,23 per litre.

The petroleum giant sold the coupons to Government at $1,21 per litre, a figure agreed in the contract signed by the two parties.

It also emerged that contrary to Prof Moyo’s claims that 1,4 million households benefited from the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme, only 1,1 million families benefited.

Under the initial contract, 600 000 households were expected to benefit under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme, but the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development in December last year requested Sakunda Holdings to move more inputs under Command Agriculture to the President’s scheme.

An official from the Ministry of Finance said: “To show that his (Prof Moyo) interview is driven by malice, he does not even know the actual statistics involved. He claims the fuel was duty free. He should provide proof, not just soiling the company’s name. He is free to check with NOIC if the fuel he also used as a beneficiary was duty free.”

Prof Moyo received inputs worth about $100 000 under Command Agriculture, which went to his Elephant Trust Farm in Mazowe.

Just last week, the Moyo family was requesting more diesel from officials administering the programme in Mashonaland Central for harvesting and delivering their maize to GMB.

To build on the success recorded this year, Government has already sealed another $487 million facility with Sakunda Holdings for the 2017-18 agricultural season.

The petroleum giant will this year work with CBZ, Ecobank and Barclays banks to mobilise the required funding.

Movement of inputs for Command Agriculture is expected to begin this month as all inputs supply agreements have been signed.

The $487 million facility is targeting 350 000 hectares, up from the 172 00ha planted last season.

Of this hectrage, 290 000ha will be under maize, while 60 000ha will be under soyabeans.

The Presidential Inputs Support Scheme, documents reveal, will be covered by $153 million, while the remaining $334 million will be used for Command Agriculture.

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  • Mafirakureva

    Here are a couple of questions. Very interesting questions:

    1. The documents only show total payment of $0.443 per litre. Nevermind that its itemised as duty. Where is the payment of the balance???

    2. The product release document has two dates. Oct 2013 and December 2016. Are you saying NOIC had been holding this stock from 2013 when over the past couple of year, Zimbabwe had been experiencing fuel supply problems???

    3. The other two documents (Invoice and Receipt) also have two dates. January 2014 printed as the Issue date and December 2016 printed as the receipt/invoice dates. Why????

    • Magu

      Good one Mr Auditor, I don’t think others actually saw that. Issue date is from years back and yet Command agric is from last year or the year before we dnt know. Who are these people fooling???

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    kkkk. So shallow. Herald trying to do the bidding of shadowy hands. How about you just report and not give us your childish ‘editorials’? I think we are smart enough to decipher whatever it is you report. That picture you show of musorobhangu actually emboldens those who believe he is up to something. Herald has perpetuated this idea of us vs them, of authoritarian regimes where one can’t even entertain the ambition of one day wanting to be president without being labeled, of turning normal ideas such as regime change into treason, of making those who oppose dumb ideas be labeled enemy combatants even by an army that’s supposed to be impartial, etc. Where are we heading as a nation, seriously? Herald, you have exacerbated this polarization. It’s evil.

  • Tiriparwendo

    I love Prof Moyo. He causes the busybodies to work for their money

  • Cde Mvinazhu (Prof)

    Pakarohwa bag apa, fuel imported with no duty being sold at a price higher than ye pa filling station

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    A good program should not be used as a nasty punching bag for political boxers ! The next Cabinet meeting should ensure sanity prevails over this issue. We need motivating reports on our good programs , not irresponsible bean picking for nefarious political designs. In politics
    interests can diverge ,but not unwisely and against national interests,please. Hatina zvoto here muhurumende yedu iyi panogara vakuru to discuss any misunderstandings? Ko chii nhai? Nehanda forbid!

  • Nyaya Iripo

    That can be an explanation. But the first question ine nyaya! Dai va buritsa all the receipts. Then on the invoice and receipt, Issue Date iro is that ISO again???


    yah tell us were 15billion went