China donates 1 056 tonnes of grain to Zimbabwe

Phillipa Jaja

The Chinese government has handed over some 1 056 tonnes of rice and wheat to Zimbabwe to assist vulnerable people in the country.

China has in the past donated rice and wheat to Zimbabwe which has helped the country cope with emergency disasters and reinforce food security in the country.

Speaking at the ceremony, Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima said government was committed to lessen hunger.

“The Government of Zimbabwe remains committed in providing Social Protection to its citizens as espoused in the Constitution and various pieces of legislations.

“The constitution states that the State must mobilise resources to provide social protection to vulnerable members of the society.

 “The donation will go a long way in complementing Government efforts of alleviating hunger as it responds to distress calls for food assistance across the country in the spirit of leaving no one behind. 

“It is therefore my Ministry’s mandate to ensure the distribution of the donated and flour will mainly target on vulnerable people, who include   the elderly, chronically ill, persons with disabilities, and child-headed households, victims of other disasters, registered institutions and accommodating vulnerable children, destitute older persons and PWDs,” he said.  

 “Today’s handover ceremony of Chinese government’s emergency food assistance once again demonstrates our brotherly relations as well as our common aspiration in pursuing food security.

Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhou Ding said the donations signify China’s efforts to hep Zimbabwe achieve food security.

“Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that China will continue to work with all countries in the spirit of solidarity and shared future to realise the Global Development Initiatives and scale up operations on food security and poverty reduction,” said ambassador Zhou.

 

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