Government Steps Up Food Distribution

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Business, Health, Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Government Steps Up Food Distribution


Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa


HARARE- The government has reported an increase in grain distribution as part of its Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy and Urban Transfer Programme, according to Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere.


Speaking at a press briefing today, Dr Muswere highlighted the findings of a report presented by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Hon. July Moyo, to Cabinet. The report detailed significant progress in grain distribution efforts to vulnerable and food insecure populations across the country.


“Cabinet advises that grain distribution increased during the week beginning 20 June 2024,” stated Dr Muswere. “By 25 June 2024, a cumulative total of 51,415.02 metric tonnes of grain had been distributed, reaching vulnerable communities in all provinces.”


The report provided a breakdown of grain distribution by province:


Manicaland: 7,780.64 metric tonnes

Mashonaland Central: 5,891.09 metric tonnes

Mashonaland East: 5,207.06 metric tonnes

Mashonaland West: 6,078.17 metric tonnes

Masvingo: 10,243.25 metric tonnes

Matabeleland North: 3,215.13 metric tonnes

Matabeleland South: 4,803.48 metric tonnes

Midlands: 7,845.30 metric tonnes

Additionally, the government has collected a total of 2,816.80 metric tonnes of grain under the Zunde RaMambo/Isiphala Senkosi programme, which encourages community participation in food production.


Dr Muswere emphasized that all beneficiaries of the Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy and Urban Transfer Programme, both in rural and urban areas, will be expected to participate in Public Works programmes. This initiative aims to provide employment opportunities and contribute to national development while addressing food insecurity.


The government’s report reflects a proactive approach to tackling the food deficit, with increased grain distribution and community engagement playing a key role in mitigating the challenge. However, the long-term sustainability of these efforts remains to be seen.