The Malawi government has started disbursing money into the Local Development Fund to help people who are affected with hunger to alleviate their problems.
The money amounting to K300 million will benefit 20,783 people across the district in catchment areas which were badly hit by environmental degradation.
The beneficiaries will each get MK14, 000 after working for 24 days in land resources, afforestation, building dams and other sectors in the district, most of which was labour intensive.
District Commissioner, Charles Thombozi said; “When government saw that we have a serious issue in terms of food situation in the country, it immediately introduced the program as an intervention. These interventions are specifically for the people in the village so that they go and buy food for their families.
“We started the first round of LDF project public works sometime in July and we have just completed the work so Thyolo had about 20,783 beneficiaries across the district and now we feel it is time to disburse the money.”
On the same day when other beneficiaries were getting their money the council sat down at an emergency meeting to approve additional funding to prop up the efforts.
“What is actually happening is that government has also come up with another emergency intervention, now we are targeting people away from the catchment area, those that were missed out on the lot.
“Government has pumped in K149 million. We are looking at the issue of food security so that the money will help the people to buy food. We are trying to alleviate the issue of hunger in the district,” said Thombozi.