China to donate 12 000 tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe

The Chinese government has extended humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe with a donation of 12 000 tonnes of rice to alleviate food shortages in various parts of the country affected by drought, ZBC reports

“In February last year President Mugabe declared a state of emergency because of the El-Nino induced drought which affected the country” said Zimbabwe’s Minister for Public Service, Laboour and Social welfare Prisca Mupfumira , adding “.. We have had a lot of support from our friends and I would like to mention in particular, our friends from the People’s Republic of China”

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare signed an agreement with the Chinese government on Monday that will see the Asian country giving 12 173 tonnes of rice to the country.

China recently made a 100 million USD donation to victims of floods in the southern parts of Zimbabwe. The Asian nation donated 19 000 metric tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe last year. New Zimbabwe reports that the Red Cross Society of China also donated 50,000 USD while the Chinese community in Zimbabwe made a 10,000USD donation to assist the flood victims.

President Robert Mugabe declared a state of Flood Disaster on March 2nd , launching a plea of 189 million USD to help victims and repair infrastructure.

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