President declares drought state of disaster

The EL Nino induced drought has been declared a state of disaster by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The President addresses the nation at State House in Harare this Wednesday,

“The current agricultural season of 2023 to 2024 has not performed according to expectations due to the El Niño-induced drought, as a result, more than 80 percent of our country received below normal rainfall.

The country had put a total of 1 728 897 hectares under maize crop and other cereals. Ordinarily, this would have guaranteed a bountiful harvest.

Further worsening the situation characterised by poor rainfall, was the outbreak of fall armyworm across the country,” said President Mnagagwa.

The President has assured the nation that no one will starve as government has put in place measures to ensure that all vulnerable households get food supplies on time.

Resource mobilisation is currently underway to source grain.

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