Drought-stricken farmers get assistance from MTC
ICT solutions provider Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), this week donated a combined N$650,000 to the local farming communities to aid towards the mitigating the effects of drought.
MTC pledged N$250,000 to the Namibian Agricultural Union and N$400,000 to the Namibian National Farmers Union to assist in sourcing fodder resources for livestock, one of the main challenges faced by farmers dealing with the impact of drought.
At the handover, MTC chairman Elvis Nashilongo shared concerns that the dire times come out to play on a daily basis, with the nation confronted by escalating numbers livestock dying and an evident threat to food security.
“MTC has never shied away from playing its part when it comes to corporate social responsibility, and today we want to make another contribution geared towards assisting farmers, through the farmers’ unions to get over this difficult period. We want to encourage the two farmers’ representatives to put this donation to good use, and in the best interest of the most disadvantaged farmers,” said Nashilongo.
According to the service provider, this support also complements other efforts by MTC already in implementations such as the SMS and Connect for Good Campaign, which commenced 31 May until 31 August.
Under this campaign, ten MTC customers each day will each win a voucher to the prize value of N$3,000 each, in addition to a monthly draw of N$10,000 for 16 customers.
According to MTC the vouchers are for fuel, groceries or farm implements, redeemable at Agra, Kaap Agri, Shoprite and selected Service Stations.
Another donation at the event was dedicated towards a noble project called Winter Knights, a project that takes care of the most vulnerable members of society during this cold winter with an amount of N$100,000.
Last year MTC also supported Winter Knights with an amount of N$200,000.
Caption Dr. Licky Erastus (MTC Acting CEO), Mr. Daniel Mahua (Executive Manager: Namibia Emerging Farmers’ Union), Ryno Van Der Merwe (NAU), Tim Ekandjo (MTC Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs), Elvis Nashilongo (MTC Board Chairman), Mwilima Mushokobanji (NNFU Executive Director), Andre De Jager (MTC Chief Commercial).