Gwembe, August 23, 2019, ZANIS---The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Zambia has embarked on a familiarization tour of Gwembe District to assess the hunger levels in the district.

ADRA Zambia Director, Kennedy Habasimbi said the tour is meant to get first-hand information about the hunger situation in the district following poor crop yields during the last rainy season.

ZANIS reports that Mr Habasimbi said they are also planning to visit four districts in Southern Province which include Monze, Gwembe, Siavonga and Chirundu.

He was speaking during a meeting with the Heads of Departments at the District Commissioner’s office in Gwembe.

Mr Habasimbi said as an organization, they do not have the resources to help the affected families but have the passion to render help by engaging other well-wishers who may wish to come on board.

Meanwhile, Gwembe District Education Standards Officer (DESO), Gertrude Moonga says the drought that was experienced during the last rainy season has highly affected the local people in the area.

Mrs Moonga stated that the hunger situation in Gwembe is real and serious hence the need for interventions from well-wishers.

She further said the district has dry boreholes and dams leading to people not having food and water adding that animals are equally affected.

Mrs Moonga said her department has since been conducting a feeding programme in schools which has led to an increase in pupil attendance in schools.

And Gwembe District Senior Agricultural Officer, Davy Munthali said farmers in Gwembe did not harvest any tangible crop harvest during the last farming season, leading to high hunger levels in the area.

Mr Munthali added that his office recorded 0.06 per hectare an indication that that farmers only harvested one 50kg of maize per hectare or totally nothing at all.

He said farmers have since been relaying on relief food from government and selling of their livestock in order to survive.

Earlier, Gwembe District Nutritionist, Greenford Mwiinga disclosed that the district has for the first time recorded adult malnutrition among the patients on antiretroviral treatment.

Mr Mwiinga said the development is as a result of poor diet in homes caused by the poor rainfall pattern which the district experienced.

He further said the Department of Health has recorded twelve severe cases of malnutrition from January to date.