Some wards reportedly have less than two months supply of grain because of poor harvests.
Anadu Silulu, the Silobela MP on Friday held a meeting with officials from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) who said they had sent 31 tonnes of maize to the area to deal with the crisis.
GMB sells a 50kg bag of maize for US$16, a price that is beyond the reach of many poor villagers.
Hazvinei Gangai, the GMB deport manager told Silulu that government had issued a directive that grain must be moved to Silobela to deal with the emergency.
“We have grain selling points in the area and have been selling grain to the villagers following the directive to provide relief,” Gangai said.
The Zanu PF losing candidate in the last elections, Douglas Tapfumanei said government must intervene before villagers are forced to exchange their livestock with food from greedy dealers.
There are also reports that some villagers are resorting to eating wild fruits and roots.