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Food distribution should start ahead of winter.

Byline: Makia Monir

Food distribution should start ahead of winter

Makia Monir - Nov 9, 2008 - 21:03

KABUL, (PAN): The parliament on Saturday called on the government to start distribution of food to the far-flung areas and hard terrains where people have tough winters as soon as now.

The parliament in a session attended by the agriculture and food minister as well as members of the emergency aid commission asked for delivery of aid to the most vulnerable areas before freezing winter and snow season closes in.

Asif Rahimi Minister of Agriculture, Food and livestock said 56 districts in 12 provinces were the most vulnerable areas that faced unpleasantly cold winter and heavy snow fall result into closure of transit routes.

"One of the priorities of his ministry together with the high-level governmental emergency aid commission was to convey food to these areas," he assured. One of the challenges facing food distribution in these areas was identifying and handing over the aid to the neediest and deserving families.

The lower house speaker, Younis Qanoni, in the Sundays session worried shortage of food was still a big dispute for the government ahead of a harsh winter, he added 50 per cent of the food would reach to the people who truly deserved it in the past years, and that the government together with the parliament would take necessary measures this year to have the distribution transparent and fair. Qanoni asked the government to brief the relevant parliamentary committee when they begin food distribution.

Rahimi added that the government needed 250,000 tons of food this year to cope with the shortage of foodstuff, but so far they had only 50,000 tons of food ready and hoped that donors would make available the rest soon.

The agriculture and food minister also said that the World Food Programme has already prepared 36,000 tons of food and would fetch 130,000 tons more till the end of the coming winter to distribute it in the vulnerable areas.

by/mam

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