SERENJE receives 100 metrics tonnes of relief maize

SERENJE District in Central province has received 100 metrics tonnes of relief maize which is part of the total of 2000 by 50kilogramme bags from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).

Serenje District Commissioner Charles Mwelwa said in some parts of the district, families were wallowing in hunger as they had run out of food.
Mr Mwelwa described the situation as serious, adding that people had resorted to eating fibre from trees in the bush in order to survive.
“Some people in some areas have been seriously hit with hunger and have resorted to eating fibre from trees, which is a very sad situation,” Mr Mwelwa said.
Mr Mwelwa added that the district would soon start distributing the relief maize as soon as the logistics were in place.
He said the hunger situation was as a result of erratic rainfall patterns experienced in the district early this year and named the affected areas as Kaombe, Chisomo, Kabansa and Chibanya.
And traditional leaders in Mumbwa District in Central Province have called on Government to start distributing farming inputs to help farmers plant early.
The traditional leaders said most people engaged in farming and needed to receive the inputs early so that they could effectively plan for the farming season.
Chieftainess Kabulwebulwe of the Ila-speaking people in Mumbwa district said her subjects hade raised concern over the farming input as the rains were almost here.
She said most of the farmers in the area depended on the farming inputs from the Government.
Central Province Permanent Secretary Edwidge Mutale said the Government had commenced the distribution of farming input.
Ms Mutale assured the chiefs in the district when she paid a courtesy call on them that they would soon receive the farming inputs.
Meanwhile, Chief Shakumbila of the Ila-speaking people in Mumbwa District has praised the Patriotic front (PF) Government for the developmental programmes and projects in his chiefdom. Chief Shakumbila said Government had shown commitment towards improving the livelihood of the people in the rural parts of the country. Speaking when the Central Province Permanent Secretary paid a courtesy call on him, Chief Shakumbila said he was happy that the Government was sharing the national resources efficiently.