Zimbabwe has enough grain to feed its citizens – Government

By Tafadzwa Chigwedere

GOVERNMENT says the country has adequate grain to feed all citizens, with logistics underway to ensure grain deliveries to food insecure households, including to areas affected by natural disasters such as cyclones.

An Africa Union Humanitarian delegation, which is in Zimbabwe on a fact finding and solidarity mission with regards to the humanitarian situation in the country in light of the effects of climate change, met with the Minister of Local Government and Public Works Honourable July Moyo in Harare this Tuesday.

Head of the delegation, His Excellency Ambassador James Pitia Morgan noted that humanitarian issues affecting Zimbabwe are calamities of nature.

“Our mission to Zimbabwe is to see the situation and in solidarity with the humanitarian issues that have been caused as a result of the climate changes,” he said.

Local Government and Public Works Minister, Honourable July Moyo highlighted that the country has enough grain to feed its people, with government also prioritising reconstruction of key infrastructure in areas such as Chimanimani which bore the brunt of cyclones.

Minister Moyo also revealed that government has set aside disaster management funds ahead of the 2022-2023 summer cropping season which is likely to be characterised by floods.

“Given the constraints of sanctions, government assures the nation that there are strategic grain reserves enough to feed the country and there is no need to import food which is costly,” he noted.

The Africa Union Humanitarian delegation, which is on a five-day visit, is expected to visit some of the areas which were affected by cyclones, including in Manicaland Province.