06 Mar 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) The Khomas, Oshikoto, Kunene, Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions benefited from a consignment of food from the Indian government in support of the Namibian governments drought relief efforts in these regions.
During his official visit here in March 2017, then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, announced the donation of rice to Namibia.
The consignment of 1 000 tonnes of rice from India arrived in December 2017 and was distributed to four of the regions, except Khomas, where the distribution commenced on Tuesday.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony in Windhoek, Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Samuel Ankama said climate change has exacerbated the current persistent drought and has affected the livelihood of most Namibians by severely undermining food security.
Indeed, natural calamities do not inform anybody, they come as they please, drought or flood or anything for that matter, said Ankama.
He also noted that Namibia has been facing its most severe drought over recent years, with the most devastating impact felt in rural areas which have resulted in failing crops, dying livestock and acute water shortages.
Ankama thanked India for the donation.
The relationship between India and Namibia has grown even stronger than ever before. This is informed by the relationship of gifts and the recognition of each others challenges, he said.
On his part, High Commissioner of India to Namibia, Kumar Tuhin said he is happy the rice arrived in Namibia and is being distributed to the target beneficiaries in the affected communities.
The rice is like a symbol of friendship to Namibia and like I mentioned in the past, India is a steady, consistent and reliable development partner to Namibia, said Tuhin.