NAMIBIA: FOOD/NBC/23/2/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – The Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency in NAMIBIA says it has stocks of rotting food surpluses, despite that the State is struggling to feed hungry families nationwide.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Deputy Minister ANNA SHIWEDA says the bureau has tried over the past THREE years to offer its surpluses, which often go to waste, to the Food Bank.
The Food Bank, a brainchild of President HAGE GEINGOB, feeds 22-THOUSAND-354 households as well as 95-THOUSAND-536 individuals.
NBC News says the State facility distributes handouts from its own reserves, through food donations or has to buy food parcels from major retailers, some of which the Agency can offer freely.
It quotes Deputy Minister ANNA SHIWEDA as saying the Agency wrote to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to enter into an agreement to contribute to the Food Bank, but it has not received any response up to now.
She has revealed the situation during an interview with NBC News during the FOURTH Annual General Meeting of the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency in the capital, WINDHOEK.
The Agriculture Ministry has to ensure food production and security, and supply the Food Bank from its Green Scheme projects or with surpluses from the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency.
Deputy Minister SHIWEDA says the authorities can further supply such foodstuffs towards school-feeding programs, military bases, as well as needy old-age homes.
She says they will in future build additional structures where they will store food to avoid wastage due to rotting.
The NAMIBIA Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency came into existence THREE years ago after the government had created the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare./Sabanews/cam