Mutare retailers in door-to-door mealie meal sales.
OVER 10 000 families in Mutare have benefited from the door-to-door subsidised roller meal delivery programme which kicked off early this week.
A similar programme is running in Makoni district.
Following the Mutare District Covid-19 taskforce’s proposal, two retailers — Big Bitye Groceries and First Family Choice Supermarkets have come on board and are selling the commodity to residents in Chikanga, Dangamvura, Hobhouse and Sakubva.
So far, Big Bitye has distributed 40 tonnes, while First Family Choice has distributed 125 tonnes of the roller meal.
Residents who spoke to The Manica Post expressed their appreciation for the programme, saying it has reduced the hunger burden on them.
They, however, called on Government to include more basic commodities at subsidised prices.
Mr Fungai Machoba, from Gimboki Phase Two in Dangamvura, said the programme has closed the door on middle men who were fleecing residents.
“The programme is one of Government’s best. We are happy that everyone can now benefit because in the past, middle men were the biggest beneficiaries from this subsidy. With people buying roller meal at their doorsteps, there will be no queues and we might be spared from Covid-19,” he said.
The shortages of the subsidised roller meal were being attributed to middle men who were purchasing the product in bulk and selling to consumers at black market prices ranging from US$5 to US$7.
Retailers of the commodity are buying it from millers at $63 for a 10kg pack and selling to consumers at $70 or US$2.
A Mutare resident who only identified herself as Mai Soko said the programme is tailor-made to cover everyone, especially vulnerable groups that have not been able to access the commodity in the past.
“I am very happy that I managed to buy roller meal without having to go to the shop where I used to spend hours in a queue, only to be told that the product would have run out,” said Mai Soko.
Residents appealed to Government to include other basic commodities in the programme.