Sun, Aug 20, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: COA donates rice

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

The Council of Agriculture (COA) plans to donate 17,500 tonnes of rice this year to Swaziland, Lesotho and Laos to help poor people in those countries, council officials said yesterday. With the cooperation of World Vision Taiwan, the COA donated and transported 5,000 tonnes of rice to Swaziland in May, the official said, adding that the rice could feed an estimated 105,000 people for four months. A few days ago, 2,500 tonnes of rice was shipped to Lesotho for destitute children, as well as people suffering from chronic diseases and HIV/AIDS. Some 64,400 individuals are expected to benefit from the donation, the COA said. As for Laos, the council is scheduled to begin transporting 10,000 tonnes of rice there next month to help relieve an urgent demand for food.

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