Govt avails $1m for food aid distribution

Minister Mupfumira

Minister Mupfumira

Walter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau—
Treasury has released $1 million to finance logistics and distribution modalities of grain across the country. This is also expected to ameliorate the plight of villagers in some communities who are being asked to pay a fee to have grain delivered to their areas. Villagers in areas such as Mola in Kariba District, are being asked to pay as much as $10 to have maize delivered to their area.

The impact of Government’s intervention will start being felt by the beginning of next week as departments such as the Grain Marketing Board and the District Development Fund take action.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said Government was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that food reached its beneficiaries. People are being asked to pay money for grain to reach them so I am pleased to announce that yesterday (Thursday) we received $1 million,” said Minister Mupfumira.

“This means that by next week things should start moving smoothly in the distribution of grain to our people who are in need of food assistance.”

Government is expected to release more funds towards that cause soon . About $600 000 will go towards logistics and administration for the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Ministry.

Part of that money will be channelled to DDF for the transportation of grain to mostly remote areas, which are hard to reach owing to the poor state of roads. The remaining $400 000 has been given to GMB to buy grain bags for easy distribution of the grain to deserving households. The money will also be used for the loading and logistics of moving the grain from one GMB depot to another.

“There was a problem of shortage of grain bags, which was slowing down the delivery process that we hope to address because of this intervention,” she said. Because of the shortage of grain bags, Minister Mupfumira said people were bringing their own bags, which did not meet the requirements at GMB thereby slowing down the distribution process.

Grain is stored in silos at GMB depots across the country. Minister Mupfumira said the country had slightly over 100 000 tonnes of maize with more already coming into the country from Zambia.

With a monthly demand of about 30 000 tonnes of maize, the country has enough cover for up to four months. Zimbabwe is experiencing El Nino induced drought,which has seen more than 300 000 households and slightly over 3 million people needing food assistance across the country.

Government has stepped food relief efforts, as more people are faced with starvation after crops in some areas were deemed to be a total write off. Minister Mupfumira who is also the Senator for Makonde, was speaking on the sidelines of a graduation ceremony for Zanu-PF district chairwomen from Makonde in Chinhoyi.

The women underwent training in entrepreneurship, saving and making of soap, candles, cordial drinks and sausages among others. A brainchild of Minister Mupfumira, the week long training brought officers from banks and Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Develo- pment.

“Its a good way to empower people through giving them the means to things, instead of giving them projects or supporting them to enter ventures they have not initiated themselves,” she said.

Minister Mupfumira said women should work for themselves, instead of waiting for their husbands to supply food. She said no one in Makonde should pay more than a $1 for grain deliveries as local arrangements have been made with transporters.

Mashonaland West secretary for administration in the women’s league, Cde Maggi Chidarikire, said the programme had been an eye opener for women in the district and it should cascade to the grassroots.

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  • yowe

    1 million??? chete?

    • Rawboy

      About the same spent on the presidents birthday bash..Food for thought hey!

  • The comical conservative

    You spent $1 million on a birthday party and now all you can do is match that to try and get food to starving people??? What kind of BS is that?? Can I also add that there is no such thing as a “deserving household” when it comes to food aid. The very use of this terminology shows that as a government, you believe that there are some people who “deserve” to be given food aid and others who do not. Let me guess, those that “deserve” food aid are probably those that have pledged aligence to the party?? This is dispicable… And you claim to be a party that cares about the people?? When you can spend 1 million dollars on a birthday party?? This makes me sick… This is now out of control… How does anyone justify this when they go to sleep at night?? We like to blame sanctions and the west for the predicament that we are in, when in all honesty, we suffer from ineffective leadership that has lost its moral compass over the years… They are so out of touch with reality, that they see nothing wrong with this behaviour… They believe that the people are there to serve their interests, rather than the other way around. Now they are all at each others throats trying to get to the top post, and they do not care who they step on… How can anyone have the heart to treat our war veterans in such a manner? In other countries, war veterans are revered and respected in society.. Our war veterans are subjected to tear gas and water cannons… what? Have we no use for them anymore? Have they served their political purpose and can now be discarded like used toilet paper??

  • theheraldonline

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