Gvt food re­lief pro­gramme goes to ur­ban ar­eas

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Reporter

THE Govern­ment has started dis­tribut­ing maize to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in ur­ban ar­eas to fight food short­ages as a re­sult of drought, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare, En­gi­neer Tapiwa Matan­gaidze has said.

He said his Min­istry had al­ready started dis­tribut­ing maize in metropoli­tan prov­inces of Bu­l­awayo and Harare and other towns and cities will ben­e­fit from their pro­vin­cial al­lo­ca­tions.“We have an ex­cess of three months’ sup­ply of maize. We have started dis­tribut­ing maize in metropoli­tan prov­inces to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and the un­der­priv­i­leged. We have al­lo­cated 157 tonnes of maize to Bu­l­awayo while we have also given Harare Prov­ince 167 tonnes of maize.“What we have re­alised as Govern­ment is that the num­ber of peo­ple who are in need of food aid has in­creased,” he said. Eng Matan­gaidze said the Govern­ment has so far dis­trib­uted about 190 000 met­ric tonnes of maize this year fol­low­ing the El Nino in­duced drought that af­fected the greater part of South­ern Africa.He said there were enough maize re­serves to last the coun­try un­til the next har­vest­ing pe­riod.“We have so far dis­trib­uted 194 343.23 met­ric tonnes of maize this year fol­low­ing the drought. Govern­ment has se­cured enough food for the peo­ple,” he said.This year farm­ers have de­liv­ered about 11 000 tonnes of maize to the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board. Sadc is seek­ing $2, 4 bil­lion to help an es­ti­mated 40 mil­lion vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the re­gion to fight hunger due to the El Nino in­duced drought which re­sulted in wide­spread crop fail­ures and poor har­vests in the re­gion.The drought has also af­fected live­stock with about 643 000 drought re­lated deaths re­ported in Botswana, Swazi­land, South Africa, Namibia and Zim­babwe. — @wyn­nezane

Makokoba res­i­dents re­ceive food aid in this fi­file photo

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