By Kenneth Matimaire
Mutare, September 13, 2016 – A total of 208,607 pupils in Manicaland province are currently under government’s school feeding scheme, a report has indicated.
The report, compiled by the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, indicates that over 4 tonnes of grain is required in the province until the programme ends.
The programme, which commenced in June this year, is expected to run until March 2017.
The report further indicates that the school feeding programme is only supporting ECD A and B pupils as well Grade One and Two pupils.
These are drawn from Chimanimani, Chipinge, Makoni, Mutare, Mutasa and Nyanga.
Chipinge has the highest number, with 51,600 pupils followed by Mutare and Makoni with over 33,000 each.
Mutasa, Nyanga and Chimanimani have the least number of supported pupils.
According to the report, government requires 417 kilograms of grain per month while 649kg have been distributed so far.
The feeding programme was introduced to record a positive impact on attendances at school, improved learning outcomes, health and gender equity, poverty and hunger reduction.
The pupils will eat mainly locally produced foods like beans, sorghum, millet, rapoko, potatoes, meat, amacimbi (mopane worms) and peanut butter.