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Urban population to benefit from drought relief programmes

Story by Owen Mandovha

THE country’s urban food insecure population will be catered for under the Government’s drought relief programme, while measures are being put in place to minimise the loss of livestock.

This was revealed by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water Fisheries and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka during Tuesday’s post-cabinet briefing in Harare.

The Government’s assistance to the food insecure population will be extended to urban areas, with the latest assessments showing that 35 percent of people in towns and cities will require assistance.

Plans to alleviate feed shortages for livestock are also in place to mitigate the impact of drought.

Government has also pledged to settle outstanding payments to farmers before the grain marketing season kicks off on the first of June.

Meanwhile, a new cricket stadium will be constructed in Victoria Falls with government allocating 10 hectares for the project.

The comes at a time the City of Victoria Falls is preparing to jointly host the 2026 Cricket World Cup.

Cabinet was also advised that the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has undertaken a massive commercialisation of farm assets under the Prisons and Correctional Services to ensure self-sustenance of prisons.

The ongoing robust infrastructure development drive especially on roads continues, and Cabinet outlined various priority projects being constructed countrywide.

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