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Maltese potato donation arrives in Namibia

Erongo governor Neville Andre in Namibia on Friday received twenty refrigerated shipping containers (500 tonnes) with potatoes which Malta sent to Namibia as a donation. Ester Mbathera reports for The Namibian.

The Mediterranean island had an excess stock of potatoes this season, resulting in the donation to Namibia through its government overseas aid programme.

Andre said the donation was part of the international community’s response to president Hage Geingob’s appeal for assistance because of the threat to food security as a result of prolonged droughts and the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“The government of Malta through our high commission in London agreed to assist Namibia with a donation of 500 tonnes of potatoes valued at US$195 000 [about N$3,3 million]. This consignment of potatoes will be distributed to approximately 160 000 people in vulnerable communities in Namibia’s Erongo and Khomas regions,” Andre said.

He also said the Namibian Agronomic Board has cleared the potatoes for consumption.

Source: The Namibian

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