The case in which a Karoi farmer is suing Delta Beverages for allegedly buying maize from farmers in the area at below Government gazetted price of
It did not have supporting affidavits or documents, among them a copy of the statutory instrument he had alluded to in his application. "This application is misplaced and mischievous. It is accordingly dismissed with costs," said Mr Chitumwa.
He challenged the practice by Delta, which he said was unfair since the company never contracted the farmers.
He also challenged Delta's deviation from its core business into a province of the GMB, arguing that the company was also fleecing the farmers and defeating the Government efforts and achievements both in the agrarian reforms and in the implementation of Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation.
In an opposing affidavit Delta, through its lawyers Dube, Manikai and Hwacha of
Delta added that it had a trading licence from the
"First respondent has not deviated from its core business as alleged since a number of its beverages demand and necessitate the purchase of various grain products such as maize, sorghum and barley. The purchase of grain is therefore an inherent and indivisible element of first respondent's core business," read part of the affidavit.
Delta also wanted the case dismissed with costs.
Meanwhile, most private maize buyers operating in Hurungwe for speculative purposes have since vanished from the verandas of some shops as the trade no longer rewards handsomely, following the recent promulgation of Statutory Instrument 122 of 2014, Agricultural Marketing Authority Regulations (Minimum Grain Producer Prices) that compels companies and individuals to buy maize from farmers at
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