By Ransom Mandhlazi recently Bulawayo.
FIRST Lady ,Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa will take the Dura ramambokadzi concept to Matabeleland, which will be spearheaded through the traditional leader' (madzishe) spouse'.
The distribution of traditional small grain seeds to the wives of chiefs from Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo and Midlands and Manicaland marked the second phase of the initiative.
The program being implemented through the community bearers will complement other programs speaheaded by Amai Mnangagwa in the Matabeleland region which includes the goat rearing, nutrition garden and other projects meant to boost food security in the country.
First Lady, Amai Mnangagwa through her Angel of Hope Foundation, is reviving the Zunde ramambokadzi concept, where the chief' homestead will be central in alleviating poverty and the effects of drought in communities.
The chiefs homestead, will become central to the growing of traditional grains and gardens, which will cater for the elderly and other vulnerable groups in the community.
Addressing chiefs and their spouses, First Lady said the initiative was to address effects of recurring climate change and establish food security for communities.
Amai Mnangagwa encouraged the growing of traditional small grains, saying the success of such community based intiatives needed collective effort.
"I have brought these small grain seeds to help boost the Dura ramambokadzi, as we know it's a focal point where the sick, the elderly and the needy go for help, so this will go a long way in boosting food reserves in the communities," she added.
She said chiefs' wives are the custodians of the culture and community, hence have a lot of responsibilities which include feeding the community, hence the importance of traditional grains.
She said the climate was changing and it was time to divert to traditional grains so as to counter the effects of climate change which brought recurring drought in the country and continent at large.
In accepting the First Lady' concept, Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Cde Judith Ncube applauded Chief's spouses for coming in their numbers.
She said the First Lady was a rare mother of the nation, whose ideas needed support to alleviate hunger and poverty in communities.
The chiefs spouse' were handed over sorghum, millet seeds and vegetables seeds for gardening.