The number of people in need of food aid has dropped by over three million this year owing to the bumper harvest that the country recorded.

This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Engineer Tapiwanashe Matangaidze.

Government is indeed basking in the glory of success after recording a three million drop of people in need of food aid this year owing to the bumper harvest achieved in the 2016/2017 agriculture season.

The figure dropped from four million to one million people in need of food aid after the country received plenty of rains coupled with massive support of  farmers by government through the Presidential Input Scheme which targets communal farmers and vulnerable families and the command initiative which was introduced by government after as a food self-sufficiency strategy.

Speaking on the side-lines of the Shurugwi South Sports Festival, Engineer Matangaidze said government is happy with the positive developments.

Consecutive droughts that were further exacerbated by the El nino weather phenomenon had ravaged the country resulting in massive crop failure which forced government to import grain to feed over four million people who were in need of food aid.

However, this year the nation managed to produce enough to feed itself reducing the burden on government of importing grain.