China donates food worth $14m

HARARE - The Chinese government has availed a $14 million food donation to Zimbabwe that will ease shortages affecting most parts of the country.

The food consignment comprising 10 tonnes of wheat and five tonnes rice arrived in the country a few months ago.

Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe, Deng Jian told the Daily News at the weekend that the donation’s delay was caused by transport logistics to the respective 60 identified destinations before the food can be handed over to the Zimbabwean government.

“We are hoping that within the next two months we will be able to have the donations handed over to the Zimbabwean government that will distribute to respective areas. Our concern was to make sure there were enough resources to make logistical arrangements easier,” said Jing.

Late last month Vice President Joice Mujuru opened up on the country’s food insecurity when she said close to two million Zimbabweans were in desperate need of food aid this year. - Alfred Tembo

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