4000 tonnes of rice for food security
Namibia is set to receive a consignment of 4000 tonnes of rice from China to help alleviate hunger due to the persistent drought conditions that have plagued the country for the past three years.
This was revealed earlier this week by Charge d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek, Mr. Wu Wei, at a celebration to mark the 67th Anniversary of the founding of China. The event was graced by former Head of State, HE Hifikepunye Pohamba and other top dignitaries.
According to Wei, China has been following the on-going drought situation closely and feels it can offer assistance with the generous donation.
“To aid our Namibian brothers and sisters in difficulties, the Chinese Government has announced the assistance of 4000 tons of rice,” he said.
“We are busy with the preparation work now and I believe the rice, which embodies our true friendship of going through thick and thin together, will be shipped soon to Namibia,” he added.
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Maureen Hinda said during the ceremony that their relationship with China over the past 26 years has become an all-weather relationship. She praised China for its continued investment and cooperation in various fields. “The donation from China is set to go a long way as drought relief,” she stated thanking the Chinese Government for the assistance.
In statistics from the National Early Warning and Food Information Unit in May and June this year, it was projected approximately 596,000 Namibians faced the distinct possibility of hunger and are in need of food assistance