Govt committed to ensuring all citizens are food-secure

By Memory Chamisa

THE Government is working on modalities to ensure communities affected by the summer cropping season dry spell receive grain to guarantee food security.

In a Senate Question and Answer session this Thursday, the government assured the nation that all those affected by the dry spell, which has seen crops in some provinces being written-off, will receive grain assistance.

“We have been assessing to fully comprehend the situation in the most affected areas so that we take up names of households in dire need of grain. So far, we have been told that about 30 percent has been affected,” said the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable Lovemore Matuke.

“The country had a bumper harvest the last season, therefore our reserves have sufficient grains – be it maize or small grains – to cater for all those affected by the drought that is looming,” said Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

In another matter, Senator Morgan Komichi appealed to the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to ensure more assistance is availed to sports personalities after a touching story by ZBC News of WBC super-bantamweight champion, Kudakwashe Chiwandire’s plight.

“I was happy when our female WBC boxing champion Kudakwashe came home with the belt, but was disappointed with her living conditions, yet her fellow sportsmen for the same title got thousands of dollars. Is there nothing that the government can do for our sportsmen because this is heartbreaking?” asked Honorable Komichi.

Other issues raised during the Senate session include rehabilitation of roads and the increase in fuel prices due to pressure from disruptions in Eastern Europe.