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WFP food brings relief to Mugu folk

MUGU, FEB 11 -

Nandabire Damai of Photu VDC in the district is happy as he has been receiving rice from the World Food Programme (WFP) of late. He hopes that his six-member family will not have to struggle for food this year.

Under the WFP’s ‘work for food’ programme, rice and pulses are being distributed to residents of 14 VDCs, including Photu, Narthapu, Jima, Vihee, Ruga and Hyanglu, in the district. The WFP has already provided 145 kg of rice and pulses to each family this year.

“We hope that we don’t have to face food shortage this year. We are receiving rice from the WFP,” Damai said.

He said villagers carried out assigned development works such as digging irrigation canal and received food. “We do not know where the regular budget of the VDC is being spent. The WFP’s rice is a lot for us,” he said.

Bhanu Limbu of WFP said though the organisation cannot feed local people for long, the provided food has brought much relief to them as they face food shortage for six months every year.

The government allocates around 13,000 quintals of subsidised rice for the district every year but it does not reach the villages, thus causing a food shortage in the area.

Posted on: 2013-02-11 08:41