|Government urged to review subsidies system|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 00:00|
The Government should subsidise agricultural inputs at the point of sale to reward genuine farmers as well as encourage production, an expert said last week. The Government provides subsidised agricultural inputs to targeted farmers, a system open to abuse as some unscrupulous individuals sell the commodities on the black market. Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’
Union vice president Ms Maideyi Maswi said many productive farmers were not accessing subsidised inputs because of the current system where targeted groups were benefiting.
“Some farmers get special tariffs from the Zesa Holdings for growing wheat which they would not even be producing,” she said.
“Subsidies should be at manufacturing level to make sure that every farmer gets inputs at low cost compared to the current system where subsidised inputs are only available at GMB and to selected individuals,” she said.
“The inputs should be already subsidised when they leave the manufacturing firms and sold at affordable prices countrywide and to all.”
“What we need to do is to improve on the marketing of agricultural produce especially cereals,” he said.