From George Maponga in Masvingo
The food security situation at the Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi, where over 3 000 Tokwe-Mukosi villagers were relocated, has significantly improved as the families are beginning to reap the benefits of a $1million grant donated by the Japanese government. The Japanese government late last year donated the funds to assist the families that were grappling with shortage of food, water and sanitation facilities.
Thousands of school children at the four schools build by Government for the flood victims were also battling a shortage of textbooks and other learning materials. Masvingo provincial administrator, Mr Felix Chikovo, at the weekend said that the Japanese grant had greatly transformed lives at Nuanetsi.
‘’The situation at Nuanetsi Ranch has changed for the better thanks to the grant from the Japanese government which has seen food supplies to the flood victims improving,’’ he said. ‘’School children also got a shot in the arm after receiving learning materials such as textbooks and exercise books from the Japanese grant and the development will improve the morale amongst the families,’’ added Mr Chikovo.
Mr Chikovo said Government still needed to tie some loose ends before embarking on the second relocation of the flood victims from their current one-hectare plots to 20-hectare plots mainly in the Lundi and Mutirikwe sections near the perennially flowing Runde and Mutirikwe Rivers.