The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangangwa, has distributed small grain seed to women in Mvuma, Midlands Province. The initiative is an effort to boost the growth of small grains as the country battles with changing weather patterns being triggered by climate change.
Mvuma falls in the Midlands province farming region 3 and 4 which receives average rainfal
As Zimbabwe and the rest of the world continue to grapple with climate change, farmers have been challenged to shift their focus towards the growing of small grains so as to achieve the United Nations Sustainable development Goal number two on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition.
The First Lady, distributed the seed in her former constituency of Chirumanzu-Zibagwe, launching the small grain for women programme, which saw women being given some small grain seeds and groceries.
“Lets chase away hunger,lets be proactive and work to feed ourselves. You can never go wrong with small grains,”said Amai Mnangagwa.
The launch was also attended by legislators from Masvingo and Midlands provinces as well as the Minister of State for the Midlands province, Cde Larry Mavhima who thanked the First Lady for reaching out to everyone.
“Your love for the people is evident by the way you always strive to help everyone. We are indeed blessed to have you,” thanked the Governor
The seed is meant for all women in the constituency regardless of political affiliation, in a move aimed at eradicating hunger in the country as well as promoting good nutrition.
“We are grateful to the First Lady for giving us the seed, now that the rains are here, we at least have somewhere to start from,” said one beneficiary.
Small grains that include sorghum and millet play a significant role in the country’s food security and nutrition.
The programme was lauched in Mashonaland Central last year and is expected to spread to other provinces countrywide.