Presidential advisor on National unity and Parliamentary affairs, Symon Vuwa Kaunda has dispelled hunger fears in Mzimba and other districts in the north saying government is in full control by ensuring that maize is available in the Admarc depots.
Kaunda made the remarks recently after touring Mzimba Admarc depot together with other stakeholders.
He said Mzimba Admarc was allocated MK967 million to buy maize for the district, which is an indication that the government is in full control of hunger fears looming the country.
Kaunda said ” I would like to assure people of Mzimba and other districts that government has left no stone un-turned to make sure that no one should die of hunger.
“Mzimba Admarc depot has managed to buy over 5000 metric tons of Maize with the MK967 million they were allocated with. The Maize will be sold in the same district and this directly shows how government is committed to assist its people in times of need.”
However, Kaunda faulted the opposition parties for painting gloomy picture on hunger situation in the country saying some districts in the north had good rains which clearly indicate that people have maize in their communities.
He said despite the various strides taken by government to allocate funding to Admarc depots to buy maize for the country, opposition parties are still painting a gloomy picture on the hunger situation in the country.
Kaunda further appealed to various stakeholders to spread presidential message of food diversification among farming families in the district to reduce the effects of hunger.
Furthermore, the presidential advisor told people of Mzimba that government has come up with Public Works Programme, Irrigation farming and a relief food response to support families in need of food.
District Commissioner for M’mbelwa district council, Thomas Chirwa commended Admarc for buying maize early saying it has helped them to acquire enough for the period of December and March.
Chirwa said currently Mzimba Admarc depot has over 5000 metric tons apart from other satellite depots in the districts.
The recent report by Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) has shown that more than 140,000 people will be food insecure despite good rains in some parts of Mzimba district.