A government official has revealed that close to 50 000 people in the Midlands province require food aid as there are some areas that received rainfall only twice the entire 2018/19 season.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Gokwe North district administrator, Isaac Mutambara said that the grain being given to villagers was not adequate. He said:
Most of the crops are a complete right off. What could have been saved of the crops from the scorching heat is now being destroyed by pests.
No meaningful harvest is to be expected which is a very unfortunate situation as this was the farmers’ only hope.
As of yesterday (Thursday) 48 000 are vulnerable and are in urgent need of food aid.
The Simchembo area that borders Gokwe North and Binga received rainfall only twice this season and is the most affected.
… Villagers are sharing the little grain from social services. The situation is very bad. We, however, have to thank God as there is a school feeding programme in schools.
On average two villagers per every 35 households are recipients of grain and then they would share the 50kg of grain with the rest of the villagers.
Water for drinking has also become scarce in the district, forcing villagers to walk 10 kilometres to reach the nearest water hole.
Gokwe is a vast district which is hot and dry, prone to seasonal drought and water deficits.