constituency mberengwaaa.jpgCommunity leaders and villagers in Murehwa district are calling for the government to re-introduce the food for work programme this year saying it will cushion their communities from hunger while also helping in the development of rural infrastructure.


Following the poor rains in 2009-10 Agricultural season which saw at least 70% of the maize crop in some areas being declared a complete right off community leaders and villagers in Murehwa say the government should this year re-introduce the food for work programme in the country’s rural areas.


Murehwa, Nyamhara Ward Councillor and Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe Rural District Council Chairperson Zvikomborero Manguwo said food for work programmes carried out in the area in 1992, 2005 and 2007 when the country experienced drought have helped them build schools, construct bridges, clinics as well as patch roads and fill up gullies.


Villagers who spoke to ZBC News said the programme is a noble idea as it enables communities to earn money or food for their households to avert hunger while working to develop infrastructure and protecting the environment.


The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made recently announced that the government is in the process of introducing public works programmes among them food for work with a view to cushioning the public from hunger and drought due to poor harvests expected due to the drought that hit many farming areas.