BAMB assures on adequate grain supplies

Ready to help: BAMB says its silos are full and in addition, imports will be made should the need arise
Ready to help: BAMB says its silos are full and in addition, imports will be made should the need arise

The local strategic grain reserve is sitting at full brim and the Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) has also kick-started discussions with suppliers in neighbouring countries in the event of possible grain shortages after this season.

Known as the SGR, the strategic grain reserves usually involve government buying crops and taking responsibility for their storage until they are needed to make up for shortfalls in the economy.

BAMB’s silo storage capacity is 85,000 metric tonnes (Mt), but the maximum required levels for the SGR is 70,000Mt comprising of 30,000Mt of sorghum, 30,000Mt of Maize and 10,000Mt of beans. At minimum, the BAMB is required to keep 10,000Mt of sorghum, 10,000Mt of maize and 2,000Mt of beans.


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