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Grain Millers...from Cartels to nation builders

02 Jul 2019 at 12:29hrs | Views
The Grain Millers club was once dominated and run by unscrupulous individuals who ran the industry for personal gain at the expense of the consumers and the nation at large.

Grain milling was a closed circuit with few indigenous players. A select few had a monopolistic control over the industry. This changed when the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe came into the fray and began a revolution in the Grain Milling industry.

The Grain Millers Association has brought sanity , order and new methods of doing business that have benefited all stakeholders. The issue of Grain is a national security issue and an issue of strategic national importance. Zimbabwe demands on maize as its staple food and our households consume grain and grain products in almost every meal. If you withhold or tamper with grain or grain supply you are basically tampering with the nation's food security. Tafadzwa Musarara the incumbent President of the Grain Millers Association as a sharp legal , administrative and strategic mind realised the strategic importance of the industry and when he took control of the Grain Millers Association he sought to ensure that the nation's food security was not tampered with nor jeopardized in any manner or form.

Grain Millers Association has brought order and self regulation to the industry. The Grain Millers Association is currently the only industry representative group that does not have splinter or rival groups within the same sector. The Farmers unions and associations have seen various break away groups sprouting and all claiming to be better than the other.

Grain Millers Association recently came to the rescue of Zimbabweans who were victims of unwarranted price hikes by some retailers. The GMAZ introduced price monitors to ensure that grain products are sold at best prices without milking the ordinary Zimbabwean. This industry self regulation mechanism created 200 jobs as price monitors were deployed across the country. This program brought the desired results and many Zimbabweans have enjoyed steady prices of local grain products.

The industry does face its own challenges but the GMAZ leadership has proven to be up to the task. The President of GMAZ Cde Tafadzwa Musarara deserves special mention for providing visionary and sound leadership which has brought sanity and progress to the Grain Milling industry.

Tafadzwa Musarara has given his all and his best towards ensuring that Zimbabwe's food security is not tampered with in the grain milling sector. Tafadzwa Musarara has co-operated with security personnel and government to ensure that the nation does not go without grain products. GMAZ funded the Command Agriculture program and worked with then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa loyally and faithfully bearing in mind the strategic objectives of the Republic. When Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the Presidency GMAZ still stood loyally in support of the second Republic and its objectives. GMAZ and Tafadzwa Musarara deserve special mention as economic heroes of this generation.

Nicholas Ncube is a researcher and blogger based in Ontario Canada



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