20 May 2017 15:40pm
DIVUNDU, 20 MAY (NAMPA) The Divundu Correctional Facility donated 4 000 bags of wheat to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare here on Friday.
The 50 kilogramme bags of wheat were then distributed to nine regions at the same occasion, which were received by the respective governors and their representatives.
The Omaheke, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions benefited from the donation.
Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Eino Kapewangolo said the Divundu Correctional Facility demonstrated responsibility and commitment to fighting the war against hunger and poverty.
This donation will contribute to Governments efforts through the ministry tasked with eradicating poverty, making sure that no Namibian dies of hunger, she said.
Kapewangolo said the ministry alone cannot eradicate poverty and called on all businesses to play their part in making sure that especially children do not go to bed hungry.
Deputy Commissioner of the Divundu Correctional Facility, Metusalem Hamukwaya said the wheat is produced by the inmates.
It is supplied to all police stations countrywide for trial-awaiting prisoners, saving the government a substantial amount of money.
The surplus wheat was also last year donated to the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister to feed thousands of Namibians affected by the drought.
The medium-security prison supplied 600 tonnes, which is 12 000 bags, of maize meal for distribution to drought victims during 2016.