The growing and consumption of traditional food has emerged as the way to go in ensuring that people consume a balanced diet for a healthy life.

This comes as the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa partners women in educating the nation on ways of preparing better traditional dishes.

Realising that a healthy and productive citizenry is key to economic development, innovative Zimbabwean women have come up with different and appetising traditional dishes ranging from cakes, pumpkins and other many products using maize and beans, among others.

With the abundant knowledge and skills, Amai Mnangagwa, who initiated the programme, said she will continue promoting the growing and consumption of traditional food.

“I want to urge all Zimbabweans at all levels to include traditional dishes in their main meals as this guarantees good health and long life. Let us encourage and support women to continue preparing traditional dishes for the benefit of their families,” said the First Lady.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Community and Small and Medium Enterprises Development,  Cde Sithembiso Nyoni applauded the First Lady for coming up with the initiative and pledged to empower women with skills of preparing best dishes for their families.

“I am happy that our First Lady took this initiative to empower our women and ensure families get access to nutritious food. We have seen hidden talent from the ladies who prepared dishes and we would encourage even our hotels to try these traditional dishes,” said Cde Nyoni.

Female Ministers of State attended the function with a view to cascade the programme to their respective provinces.

The Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa also graced the occasion.