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‘RBZ responsible for cooking oil shortages’

By Gift Phiri

Zimbabwe is experiencing inadequate supplies of cooking oil and price hikes because of inadequate foreign currency allocations to the oil industry by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya

According to the Oil Expressers Association of Zimbabwe (OEAZ) — a cooking oil industry lobby group which is made up of seven members that supply at least 95 percent of the edible oils consumed in Zimbabwe — its members require at least $5 million per week or $20 million per month to import soya beans, crude edible oils and other raw materials to satisfy the requirements for national oil demand and related products adequately.

Up to July 31, OEAZ members have been receiving $2,2 million per week or $8,8 million per month, a 66 percent deficit on the national demand.

Between August and September, the RBZ slashed further its allocation per week to $1,5 million, sharply increasing the national shortfall and supply bottlenecks in the market.

As retailers started rationing cooking oil sales amid a surge in prices, the Central Bank governor John Mangudya stepped in, and has said a $20 million fuel order had been authorised and processed with deliveries expected from late Wednesday.

As a stop gap measure to avert the immediate crisis, the oil expressers association pleaded with the RBZ to increase the foreign currency allocation or the extension of RBZ-supported Letters of Credit to OEAZ members, which will allow them to import adequate raw materials and other inputs.

At present, Zimbabwean cooking oil companies rely on importing soya bean and semi-processed crude oil for further processing as these are either in short supply or not available locally.

In 2016, Zimbabwe imported crude soya bean oil worth $119,9m and more is expected to be imported this year due to low production.

As a sustainable solution, the association believes the country should aim to increase soya bean production from the current 30 000 metric tonnes (mt) to at least 150 000mt per annum in the next 3-5 years and further buttress this through value chain reconstruction measures.

Sakunda Private Limited is providing $48,7 million to boost soya bean farming in Zimbabwe this year amid a sharp drop that has led to a shortage of cooking oil and stock feeds on the domestic market .

Kuda Tagwireyi’s Sakunda Private Limited is providing half of the $100 million loan facility to support oilseed farmers, with government bankrolling the remainder, Zimbabwe Oil Seed Producers’ Association president Busisa Moyo has said.

“About half of the proposed funding would be used for irrigation infrastructure and the rest would be used to buy seeds, fertilizers and pesticides,” Moyo said, adding they were looking at planting 60 000 hectares of the crop by November, with production expected to scale 150 million mt a year.

Nationally, the soya bean industry is expected to meet a national need of 200 000 tonnes this season but farmers have dumped the crop due to lack of financing.

The soya beans’ financing is under Command Agriculture, which the opposition alleges is an illegal parallel programme of the State specifically designed to pursue a narrow electoral agenda specifically the 2018 harmonised elections.

Inspite of the prevailing challenges, financial research firm Equity Axis does not anticipate any acute shortages of audible oils from human consumption in the market given a historical interpolation.

However, inputs and raw materials costs have escalated dramatically over the last few months and shelf prices have responded with a spike.

Equity Axis said there is no sign that the government is mooting a sustainable solution to the crisis which is evidently non monetary.

“We forsee the continued improvisation of stop gap monetary measures such as stabilization facilities with little inclination to addressing of attendant fiscus imbalances,” the leading research firm said.

“The stakes are even high as we move towards 2018. The central government will therefore likely highly expose the central bank through quasi fiscal activities to provide short term economic stability.” Daily News

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  • KKKKK where did the RBZ send the us dollar.

  • Which foreign currency. Zimbabwe is using American dollars. They buy everywhere. Stop this lie and tell us the truth

    • You missed it brother. The dollars in the bank accounts are local dollars. To be able to import foreign currency is needed

    • There is no currency in Zimbabwe,check even the world exchange rate Zimbabwean currency is not listed

    • Zimra is collecting US$.use that money and stop kak

  • ZANU PF

  • Ko minister Bimha when he introduced SI wat wat he said locals can now produce adequate cooking oil to feed the local market so wats happening nw.

  • So the country needs USD240 million hard currency per year to import soya meal etc? Then we are in serious trouble. 25%% of that amount or less could be used to finance the crop to produce enough reserves. We are in serious trouble. So command Agriculture was for maize only?

  • Zvatotanga zviya zveGore riya kkkkkkkk

  • But uyo aripa picture arikuramba ka uyo

  • Shura regore riya

  • Wer is 15 billion

  • The cooking oil allocation was used up by the 70 strong delegation to United Nations event.

  • Why is that incompetent clown still rbz governor??

  • Hahaha maZimbos we luv crisis

  • Hanzi inonzi panic buying 😆😅😅😂

  • Mangudya Chine munyamavo futi next tichanzwa konzi chakatuta chikaendesa kwaRusape

  • musanyepe cooking oil haina kumboita shortage but 2 litre cooking oil ndoyaishaika asi ma 750ml nema 100 zvaive zviriko

  • ZANU P.F CHIWORORO,TAMBA WAKACHENJERA

  • What happened to one and only Olivine Industries ,stop supporting foreign products but promote local products

    • Do we have the raw materials??

    • The currency that they want to import finished products must be used to import raw materials

  • Which currency is the country looking for,you have got the USD and the bond and so what else is missing

  • Nazimba murimbwa munozviomesera pachenyu nxaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Mangunya ziguvhu

  • Mangudya kindly accept that Zimbabwe is a consumer,of which yester years it was a producer under the name Rhodesia

  • Salt ne chingwa regore riya

  • No need to sacrifice RBZ governor because it doesn’t solve any problems. ZANU should step down.

  • kkkkkk ko irikupiwa ana chatunga irikubva kupi?? ko yakashandiswa kukwidza ndege vanhu 70 yakabvepi…musatambe nesu mazvinzwa

  • Allow people to import product from abroad without imposing duty

  • Is it inadequate foreign currency allocation or there is no foreign currency in the country. Where are the money changers getting the bundles and bundles of the foreign currency. .?

  • Talking gibberish…. Nonsense

  • s

    2000 farm inversion madness has caught up with us.
    mugabe would rather destroy the economy than let everything be and lose.

  • where are these shortages because cooking oil is there in shops as we speak.

  • Please politicians don’t go that far as we speak right now the the masses dosen’t like the repeat of that era at all costs so for you to lie about shortages now it causes anger in the masses if you think you are going to gain mileage by creating unnecessary shortages go hang we will never follow the blind find other strategies.

  • so we import zimgold and puredrop

  • Kicho

    Someone is fuelling theshortages all those shoping trips buying prpoerties outise, children educated outside. ma rolls royce which is western! Ma Austin Martin again which is wester! icho! western things are bad for the ordinary people but good for the elite!