The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has released 200 metric tonnes of relief maize to Chadiza district in Eastern Province for distribution to the vulnerable in hunger stricken areas.
The 200 tones will be distributed to all the 18 wards to assist residents that are experiencing hunger due to the poor crop yield experienced in the 2017/2018 farming season.
Chadiza District Commissioner (DC), George Phiri disclosed this during the District DDMU Committee meeting held at the District Administration Office on Friday.
Mr. Phiri said that 80 per cent of the relief maize will be distributed to the vulnerable members of the community especially the elderly and the disabled while, 20 percent will be distributed as food for work.
He said the committee had identified the District Farmers Association (DFA) to conduct the distribution exercise on behalf of government.
The committee unanimously agreed that 150 bags be distributed to Mwangazi ward, Khumba Ward, Taferansoni ward, Chamandala and Kandabwako as soon as possible as the situation in the identified areas is critical.
The committee also agreed that the remaining twelve wards will receive 100 bags each while, Chadiza central ward will receive 50 bags.
The committee further resolved to put in place modalities that will help quicken the process of distributing the relief maize in all the wards as the situation is getting critical.