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HARARE, March 24 — The government of India has handed over 500 tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe as a goodwill gesture to mitigate impending food shortages.

Speaking at the handover ceremony here Monday, the Charge d’ Affairs at the Indian Embassy in Harare, Rakshpaul Malhotra, said the green revolution which India undertook in the mid -960s enabled it to achieve
self-sufficiency in food grains.

Malhotra said India was today producing enough grains not only to sustain its 1.25 billion population, but also to extend a small helping hand to other countries.

“India is also willing to share its experience in agriculture, especially food security with fellow developing countries, including Zimbabwe,” he said.

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister Paddy Zhanda said at the end of 2013, the Zimbabwe government requested the World Food Programme (WFP) to approach India for support as part of efforts to mobilize resources for its humanitarian programmes.

“As such the 500 tonnes that I receive today were provided by India in response to the appeal. The main objective of this donation is to alleviate poverty, reduce food and nutrition insecurity in the drier areas of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Zhanda said although the country was facing a potential food deficit, it could still regain its breadbasket status. “Any notion that food shortages are caused by the land reform programme is misplaced,” he said.

At present, Zimbabwe and India are co-operating in the agro-processing sector under the India-Africa Forum.
Significant progress has been made in the establishment of a food-testing laboratory in Zimbabwe and various Memoranda of Understanding are being negotiated.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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