The Zimbabwean Government has confirmed that it has received 150,000 tonnes from Zambia in preparation for the looming drought that might see the whole country face starvation.
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is chairperson of the Food Security and Nutrition Committee says the Government has also secured a further 500 000 tonnes from Ukraine.
He said the government is on top of the things as the hunger and drought situation experienced in Zimbabwe is under control.
Vice President Mnangagwa has revealed the government has secured funding from the Exim Bank of China and has procured more than 650 000 tonnes of maize.
He added logistics are underway to transport the maize.
“We are aware of the drought situation and government has moved in to purchase maize from friendly countries. We have secured 150 000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia and 500 000 tonnes from Ukraine,” said Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe has appealed for $1.6 billion to feed 3 million people — about a quarter of the population — after the worst drought in more than two decades damaged crops, killed livestock and led President Robert Mugabe to declare a disaster.
Zimbabwean farmers will probably produce about 200,000 tons of corn this year, the smallest harvest since at least 1961 when the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization began collecting the data.
Consumption is projected at about 1.1 million tons to 2 million tons in 2016-17.