Communities Raise Hunger Fears in Chikwawa

Some communities in Chikwawa mainly from the areas of Group Village Headmen Masanduko and Mwananjobvu in the district have raised hunger fears indicating the situation has reached worrisome levels in their areas.

Patuma Makalani who hails from Group Village Headman Mwananjobvu, Traditional Authority Ngowe in the district has told Zodiak Online Monday that she is currently relying on doing some pieces of work every day to earn some little money to buy just a 2 Kg of maize flour to feed her family of six.

"Things are really bad as sometimes we feed on some tubers found along the shores of shire river (Nyika). We really need urgent assistance," said Magalasi.

Traditional Authority Ngowe of the area said the situation has been fueled by the recent cyclone Freddy which washed away most crop fields saying most of the people in the area have also failed to venture into winter cropping as most of their fields are still dumpy.

Parliamentarian for the area ,Illyas Abdul Karim said he has intensified efforts to seek for assistance from other partners to assist the people in the area with relief maize.

He added that he is going to take advantage of the current session of parliament to continue to lobby for government to prioritise his area when ADMARC depots opens.

Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale is expected to announce government's plans of reopening ADMARC depots this Wednesday in a bid to cushion the skyrocketing maize prices in the country. 

Projections indicates that Malawi is likely to face one of its worst hunger in a decade with maize prices currently selling above K40 thousand per a 50kg bag.

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