Government has started the distribution of relief maize to hunger stricken areas in some parts of the Eastern Province under the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, said government has been very proactive in the distribution of relief maize this year in all the districts.
Mr. Kasolo named the districts that benefitted from the programme as Lundazi, Nyimba, Mambwe, Vubwi, Petauke, Katete and Sinda.
The PS however noted that the relief budget is restricted, thereby making it impossible for management to meet the target.
Mr. Kasolo appealed to people in the affected districts not to worry as more stocks are coming for the province, saying, the province has no problem in distributing the maize.
He however said the challenge is that people expect DMMU to distribute maize even to the people that are not faced with hunger.
The Permanent secretary further said the unit is not there to feed the whole nation but those in disaster situations such as droughts, floods and human/animal conflicts.
The PS noted that the region is expected to receive enough rain for the 2016/17 farming season, adding that there will be less need for relief maize.
He has however bemoaned the smuggling of maize to other countries by some citizens saying many people in the country need the same maize and that government is also trying to reserve maize to enhance food security.