Traditional grains way to go, First Lady

By ZBC Reporter
THE First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has taken the Zunde Ramambokadzi programme to Mashonaland East, West and Central provinces in an effort to increase food security in rural communities.
Rainfall patterns across the globe have been greatly affected by climate change and Zimbabwe has not been spared.
The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has therefore taken the Zunde Ramambokadzi, Isiphala Samakhosikazi Programme, to the three remaining provinces of Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East, where she called on chief’s wives to adopt traditional grains to avert hunger at household level.
“Changing weather patterns need us to adapt, traditional grains thrive well in this type of climate so let’s take this seed to our communities as part of the Zunde Ramambokadzi programme, we can have big yields,” said the First Lady.
To economically empower the chiefs’ wives, the First Lady invited speakers from financial institutions as well as the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender, Community and Small and Medium Enterprises Development.
“We cannot talk about development while leaving women, let us be on the forefront let’s take advantage of available funding and start income-generating projects,” said Dr Mandas Marikanda, the Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Bank.
The wives of traditional leaders who were accompanied by their husbands thanked the First Lady for the Zunde Ramambokadzi programme.
“Because of the erratic rainfall patterns we are not getting good yields so these traditional grains will really assist the communities where we come from and we really appreciate,” said one of the Chief’s wives.
The Zunde Ramambokadzi programme was launched last month with the focus on traditional grains. Traditional grains are an important staple food crop in semi-arid regions. Besides their function as food crops, traditional grains are also used as cattle and chicken’s feed, forage and fodder. Traditional grains, such as sorghum and millet, require less water hence are important for present and future human use. The government is consistently advocating for growing of traditional grains as a mitigation measure against climate change as they mature faster and require less water.