President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has appointed an inter-ministerial committee on Hunger situation to help address the problem in the country to be chaired by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.
The development comes amid calls from the general public, urging government to start importing Maize from other countries in readiness for the looming hunger.
This has been disclosed in a Press Statement issued on Friday last week from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) signed by Chief Secretary to the President George Mkondiwa.
Members of the committee are Allan Chiyemebekeza, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and Joseph Mwanamvekha, who is the Minister of Industry and Trade.
“Its major task will be to look at the looming hunger and come up with strategies and ways on how the country should respond to the impending hunger, “reads in part the statement.
The statement further disclosed that the Committee will be supported by technical officers from the relevant government Ministries.
Agricultural expert in the country have predicted that country’s harvest will this year decline by 40 percent.
All this have been attributed to heavy rains that the country experienced in January this year, leaving over 200,000 people rendered homeless.