At least 700 smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe have received inputs from an Islamic humanitarian organisation, Dal-Salamlam in partnership with its German counterpart, Muslimehelfen.
The distribution was an effort of both organisations to eliminate hunger and boost food security at the grassroots, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beneficiaries of the inputs received a package comprising 10kg of maize seed, 50kg compound D and 50kg of ammonium nitrate fertilisers.
According to the Chairman of Dar al-Salam, the initiative was taken to support the government’s effort in reducing the exposure of smallholder farming communities to food and nutrition insecurity.
He said this was expedient especially at a time when the effect of the COVID-19 was still been felt, coupled with the impact of climate change.
The move, he said, would enable farmers to be self-sufficient, while addressing nutritional requirements at the household level.
“We do not live in isolation. Everyone, everywhere regardless of their political or religious background remains part of our lives, hence when the need to support our people arose, we chipped in,” he said.
Kapuya also cautioned farmers on abusing the inputs received as well as those received under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme.
He, however, advised farmers against delay in planting as it could have an adverse effect on agricultural productivity.
Beneficiaries of the inputs lauded the organisations for their act of goodwill, stressing that the inputs were difficult to acquire due to the pandemic.
Dar al-Salam and Muslimehelfen are also sponsors of a monthly national orphans food scheme benefiting thousands of orphans nationwide.