|Grain for drought-stricken areas|
|Saturday, 14 July 2012 23:38|
Drought-stricken parts of the country that are facing severe food shortage owing to failed crops will soon receive additional food while programmes such as the grain loan scheme will be fine-tuned to meet the people’s needs, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made has said.
“What is left is for Finance Minister Mr Tendai Biti to release funds specifically for that programme.
Dr Made said that apart from distributing food, the Government was also exploring ways of minimising the effects of drought.
“Farmers who depend on irrigation need uninterrupted power and we have been talking to the responsible authorities with a view to reaching an agreement that the farmers be spared from load-shedding.”
Dr Made added that Government needed to move with haste in rolling out its food distribution programme noting that some unscrupulous businesspeople were taking advantage of villagers living in drought-ravaged areas.