04 Apr 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 APR (NAMPA) Namibia on Tuesday officially recognised the receipt of a second consignment of rice from the Chinese Government as part of that countrys assistance towards drought relief.
The symbolic handover of the 3 500 tonnes of rice was held at the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management at the Office of the Prime Minister.
It was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah for Namibia and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, Zhang Ming.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the drought in Namibia left more than 595 000 people directly or indirectly affected, prompting China to assist Namibia after President Hage Geingob declared the drought a national emergency.
This donation we are witnessing is in fact a symbolic one as the large quantity of food is already delivered to the regions and the intended beneficiaries, which is the purpose of the donation, Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
The first consignment of 500 metric tonnes of rice arrived at the port of Walvis Bay during December 2016, while the recent 3 500 tonne donation arrived in February.
The rice was distributed and delivered to the Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Hardap, //Kharas, Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Oshana and Zambezi regions directly, the Deputy Prime Minister said.
This donation reduced the original required quantity from the more than 83 000 metric tonnes to just 79 000 metric tonnes to be sourced locally.
The value of the donation is about 30 million RMB (around N.dollars 60 million).
Meanwhile, Zhang said his government will avail another 20 million RMB (an estimated N.dollars 40 million) worth of food.