News:Zimbabwe gets 5, 500 tonnes of rice from China

<vote /> Government yesterday received part of the 19 000 tonnes of rice from China after 5 500 tonnes was delivered to Grain Marketing Board’s Aspindale depot in Harare, as measures to alleviate food insecurity intensify. The Chinese Government also pledged to provide 10 000 tonnes of urea fertiliser to Government as a way of boosting the Command Agriculture programme which aims to produce 2 million tonnes of maize on 400 000 hectares of land.

The donation, which was received by Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira, who said,

Currently Government is assisting over 600 000 food insecure households, approximately 3 000 000 people, with maize grain. The Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy programme has two components, those labour constrained households getting free food while those labour endowed participating in community public works projects before receiving their grain.

Present to receive the donation was Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa. The Health Ministry received 100 tonnes, while the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services got 50 tonnes.

Other beneficiaries were Danhiko Children’s Home and Jairosi Jiri who received five tonnes; Kasipiti, Chirchester and Society for the Destitute Aged (2 tonnes each); Harare, Bumhudzo, Breaside and Chinyaradzo children’s homes (three tonnes each).

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