Improving wheat self sufficiency, dealing with the doctors’ strike and finding a lasting solution to the country’s fuel problem formed part of the many resolutions that cabinet arrived at after Tuesday’s sitting.
Emerging from the 11th cabinet sitting in the new dispensation, ministers: Monica Mutsvangwa (Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services), Dr Obadiah Moyo (Health and Child Care) and Dr Joram Gumbo (Energy and Power Development), among others briefed the media on the outcome.
Cde Mutsvangwa said the country will be self sufficient in wheat production by encouraging and facilitating out growers schemes for wheat.
“The new producer price of wheat for the upcoming season is $630 to encourage increased production of the key crop,” she added.
Dr Moyo said the government notes the grievances of junior doctors on strike but urges them to respect the sanctity of life and follow due process when lodging their grievances.
He also said the payment of salaries to civil servants including doctors in foreign currency is non-negotiable due to a difficult economic situation.
Dr Gumbo also gave an update on the fuel situation.
“The country’s fuel supply situation remains delicate but all is being done to allocate sufficient foreign currency for the importation of the commodity,” he said.
The Acting Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Kazembe Kazembe gave a statement on the operations of NGOs and PVOs in the country.
He said the government is concerned by non-governmental organisations who are forgetting their mandate by dabbling in politics and warned them to desist from doing so.