The government will soon issue coupons to targeted households to enable them to buy subsidised roller meal at the stipulated price, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has revealed.
Mutsvangwa told journalists after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting that the compilation of a database of beneficiaries is at an advanced stage. She said:
Government has thus moved in to redress the situation using a two-pronged approach.
Firstly, it was decided that the price be raised to $70 per 10kg bag of maize-meal from $50.
Secondly, a targeted coupon scheme for the vulnerable is in the offing with the compilation of a database at an advanced stage.
In terms of knowing who are vulnerable, we have the data; it is a question of going through all the districts and get the names of all the vulnerable. This is what Government is doing at the moment.
Mutsvangwa said the coupon system is expected to ensure that the vulnerable people whom subsidies were supposed to benefit will access the subsidised maize-meal.
On Tuesday, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube recommended that the price of subsidised roller meal be adjusted to $70 from $50 to kill the black market.