GMB de­liv­ers 260 000t grain to Gwanda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Grain Mar­ket­ing Board (GMB) has dis­trib­uted 260 000 tonnes of maize in the past week in Gwanda Dis­trict as the gov­ern­ment steps up ef­forts to fight hunger.

The GMB has 361 000 tonnes of maize in its re­serves for dis­tri­bu­tion to vul­ner­a­ble house­holds, but trans­port prob­lems in some ar­eas were ham­per­ing ef­forts to take the grain to the peo­ple.

Gwanda GMB man­ager, Mr Mpumelelo Ndlovu, in his report to the provin­cial drought mit­i­ga­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing chaired by the act­ing provin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mr Peter Moyo, said grain was in abun­dance at their de­pot.

“We dis­patch the grain on re­quest and ac­tiv­i­ties of the So­cial Wel­fare De­part­ment.

“It’s not that grain is not there. We have ad­e­quate grain but the prob­lem is on trans­port to carry the maize to the peo­ple. If we are helped in that re­gard no one will starve as we have enough re­serves,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said in the past week, the GMB dis­trib­uted about 260 000 tonnes of maize.

The act­ing PA, Mr Moyo, im­plored the drought mit­i­ga­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers to go to com­mu­ni­ties to get a true pic­ture on the ground.

“So­cial Wel­fare of­fi­cers should be en­gaged with the com­mu­ni­ties on the ground to have an in depth ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the prob­lems.

“It’s only af­ter this that we can solve the prob­lems,” said Mr Moyo.

He also ap­plauded the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces (ZDF) for as­sist­ing with trans­port to carry maize to dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres.

“We pray that they con­tinue serv­ing us. If they stop it will be a dis­ad­van­tage as we don’t have any other means at the mo­ment to move grain. They have busy sched­ules some­where by they are good­will am­bas­sadors. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that,” Mr Moyo said.

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