According to the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Professor Paul Mavima the grains harvesting period that is now in full swing countrywide signifies that the peak hunger period is over, The Sunday Mail reports.
The minister said this while commenting on the 2020 Global Assessment Report on Food Crises, that placed Zimbabwe on top of the list of countries that are facing acute food shortages in the coming months.
This June forecast is a bit misplaced. From May, the situation improves. In fact, it improves in terms of food availability from March. We say May because that is when grain harvests will have taken place,” said Prof Mavima.
As it stands, we are past the worst hunger period. However, we should not be complacent. We should still continue to mobilise grain to avert any hunger in the months to come
Most of our rural folk are already harvesting and some are already delivering to GMB (Grain Marketing Board), which means they have produced in excess of their subsistence needs.
In my view, while we wait for the Second Crop Assessment Report for the season, the country will have a good stock of grains from this harvest. We should be worried more about the period from November going forward.
The report Mavima was responding to has said 4.3 Million rural Zimbabwean were in need of food aid as they were facing hunger due to a number of reasons.
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