Malta-grown potatoes to be sent to Namibia

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Malta is to send 468 tonnes of ware potatoes to Namibia. This follows the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs’ expression of interest for the provision of 500 tonnes of ware potatoes to address the food crisis in Namibia.

In a statement, the Ministry outlined that it received three compliant offers, for a total of 468 tonnes. The main criteria were that the potatoes must be locally grown, not imported, and that local farmers were paid not less than 0.30c per kilo for their produce.

Thus, the Ministry bought the whole lot for the price of €187,200, of which €140,400 or 75% of the allocated funds will be going directly to the local farmers who supplied the crop to the exporters.

This shipment is ready to depart Malta Free Port this Monday and is expected to arrive in Namibia during the last week of August.

“This is expected to help around half a million persons”

This act is to help around half a million persons, following the severe drought in Namibia exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19.

This initiative is being done through the Overseas Development Aid Fund. This initiative falls under the Solidarity Malta heading, and is being led by the the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, supported by the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights and Trade Malta.

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo stated that this is the start of a strengthened relationship which could lead onto other areas of cooperation and potential trade.

On his part, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Anton Refalo held that while this initiative is one of solidarity, it will open up new opportunities tomorrow to establish a new niche for local agricultural produce and be of longterm benefit for local farmers.