Government hoping to cut maize import bill

The Government is confident of cutting the maize import bill this year following the projection of a bumper harvest of between two to three million metric tonnes on the back of good rains received this summer cropping season.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who is also Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Administration and Senator for Chimanimani, Zimunya and Marange, said the development will ease food shortages, especially in drought prone areas.

She was speaking during a women projects exhibition show in Chimanimani this Saturday.

“President Mnangagwa introduced the climate change-proof Pfumvudza concept with the view of ensuring maximise yield on minimum rains. This year we had good rains so we are expecting at least two or three million metric tonnes of grain up from 265 thousand we had last year. This means we will have enough food as a country which entails that we will cut the import bill,” she said.

The projects being undertaken by women in Chimanimani is proof enough that rural communities can be self-sufficient, with women empowerment high on the agenda of the ruling party and government.

Minister Mutsvangwa said, “The people of Chimanimani are grateful to government for the continued support since the aftermath of the cyclone disaster. Roads were rehabilitated and now construction of houses for survivors is ongoing.

“Now as a party we are now working on empowering our women so that they can sustain themselves and generate income.”

According to Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Women’s League Chair, Cde Happiness Nyakuedzwa, the party has already availed resources for projects to empower women.

“As the provincial leadership we are looking at how we can enhance the livelihoods of our women so we have brought paraffin and cloth to kickstart some projects for them. The idea is to ensure continuity and productivity for self sustainability.”

Meanwhile, Senator Mutsvangwa also handed over mealie meal to the elderly.