21 Sep 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 21 SEP (NAMPA) Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Friday received a donation of 1 000 tonnes of rice from the Indian government.
The Namibian Defence Forces August 26 Logistics wing also donated 750 (10kg) bags of maize worth N.dollars 50 000.
Speaking at the event, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the pledges made by the Indian government to support the drought relief programme in Namibia are well received.
It is important to make sure that the assistance reaches those who are directly affected by the drought, the Premier said.
She further expressed appreciation to the Indian government and its people for the contribution.
Speaking at the same occasion, Indian High Commissioner to Namibia, Prashant Agrawal said the pain of the severe drought that causes the Namibian people anxiety and grief, is equally shared by the people of India.
It is important for us to rededicate ourselves, commit ourselves once again to work together and deepen the Namibia-India partnership, be it in research and development, joint projects with new technologies in agricultural areas such as irrigation and livestock, renewal energy among others, Agrawal said.
On his part, Brigadier General Petrus Nathinge of the August 26 Logistics wing said harsh drought conditions in the country are threatening the lives of both people and animals.
He added that the situation calls for national efforts because government alone cannot tackle the adversity, which is why 26 August Logistics made its contribution.
This contribution shall certainly make a huge difference in the general welfare of 740 households that are most affected, Nathinge stated.
President Hage Geingob in May this year declared a national state of emergency due to prevailing drought conditions.