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The Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture Honorable Ageness Mkusa Nkhoma has warned officials from the Department of Disaster Management to be transparent and not to be corrupt in the distribution of the rice donated by Indian government.

Mkusa made the remarks on Monday afternoon at the Ministry’s carpack when she was presiding over the function of receiving this donation of 1 000 metric tons of rice which has gone to the department of Disaster Management Affairs.

The Deputy Minister also commended the government of India for the timely donation saying this is a boost in the department of Disaster Management as the country now has over 2.6 million people who needs a humanitarian aid according to the released Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s (MVAC) report.

‘I would like to assure the Government of India and all our partners that this donation will be used for the intended purpose and this will surely be targeted to the deserving vulnerable households.’ Mkusa said.

Speaking at this function, Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Anarag Bhushan said Indian Government will continue working hand in hand with Malawi government in different areas according to the diplomatic ties that exists between the two governments.

“As a nation, we will always help Malawi in areas where we see we can help as we have a good relationship and as there is a need of humanitarian aid in regards to MVAC report, we decided to make this donation which we feel will help some of the hunger stricken families.” Bhushan narrated.

MVAC report for 2020/2021 has indicated that over 2.6 million people in this country will need humanitarian food assistance from November this year to March next year and government is expected to start food distribution this coming month.

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