Food Disaster Looms

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has revealed that government has resolved that the provinces of Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South are drought national disaster areas.

The PM made the remarks at Maglas Stadium during commemorations to mark World Health Day.

Agriculture Minister Made is on record as stating that Forty five percent of maize that was planted this season is a write-off.

Food shortages at any level are a cause of concern. Right now Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are experiencing the worst drought conditions in 60 years.

Every day thousands of people flock to Dadaab in the North Eastern Province in Kenya. Dadaab is the biggest refugee camp in the world and was originally designed to hold 90,000 people, but now over 360,000 people are camped there.Our concern is that if similar critical conditions happened in Zimbabwe it would set us back from the little progress we have made.

If someone came to your house and said “oh by the way 45% of the food you put on the table is going to be slashed,” most of us would be running around concerned about the potential disaster, for some reason we don’t sense that kind of urgency concerning this issue at national level.