BY DRAXON MALOYA.
Government Embark On Food Distribution in Nkhatabay
Government has embarked on food distribution exercise to perennial hunger stricken families in Nkhatabay District.
The minister of Lands, Housing and Urban development, Symon Vuwa Kaunda assured people of Malembe village of Kamwadi in Traditional Authority Mkumbira that government has already put in place mechanisms aimed at dealing with the acute food shortages in some parts of the country.
Kaunda said government is aware that some families in his constituency mainly those living along the lakeshore lost their crops due to flooding that emanate as a result of the destructive Cyclone-Idai which wreaked havoc to many farming families.
“As you are aware that some areas are hit with food deficit so Government is assuring these people that not even a single person in the country will die of starvation, we brought some relief food items which is aimed at reducing those food problems,” Kaunda said.
Minister Symon Vuwa Kaunda leading the maize distribution.
On development the minister assured the constituents that Kapengama is one of the areas where government is going to construct a new secondary school which shall also facilitate the supply of safe drinking water in the area.
“Kapengama is earmarked for the construction of a new modern secondary school which shall also facilitate the coming in of piped water in the name of Nkhatabay Water Supply apart from the rural electrification program which is already underway,” Kaunda said
In his remarks one of the civic leaders in the area, Macdonald Kalumpha expressed gratitude with government’s commitment in reducing hunger problems that have stricken many families in the area.
“It is pleasing to see vulnerable women and children who are hunger stricken taking home some food items to eat with their children, you might be aware that we don’t yield enough due to massive soil erosions in our area.
Despite an estimated loss of 175,000 acres of crop due to flooding, the overall 2019 harvest crop haves was projected to be well above 2018 production, sustaining minimal levels of food insecurity across the areas of the country less affected by flooding.
Malawi also hosts more than 38,000 refugees, primarily from Burundi, the Democratic of Congo and Rwanda, the majority whom are dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet the daily food needs.