The government has assured people in Rushinga district that there is adequate grain in the national silos to last seven months before the country resorts to imports. 

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The revelations by the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Cde Lovemore Matuke come at a time the drought prone district is appealing for more food assistance.

Speaking to villagers at Urere during an assessment tour of food distribution points in Rushinga, Cde Matuke reassured all in need of grain that government will ensure they receive it. 

The Deputy Minister added that grain distribution is apolitical in line with what President Emmerson Mnangagwa has directed that all those in need should get food assistance.

Twelve thousand households are getting grain relief in the district but much more is needed according to Rushinga legislator Tendai Nyabani, who also appealed for a review of the cash handouts list as some beneficiaries are either deceased or now gainfully employed.

A total of 70 080 households are in need of food aid in Mashonaland Central province, particularly in Mbire, Rushinga, Mt Darwin and Muzarabani.