After two months in transit, 500 tonnes of high-quality Maltese potatoes have finally arrived in Namibia.
The Maltese potatoes, which have a good reputation abroad, were donated to the African nation due to food scarcity issues in the country, and after Maltese farmers faced difficulties selling their potatoes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Two months ago, the Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi highlighted the problem that Maltese farmers were facing where the potatoes they had cultivated were not being sold in the European market due to the present situation,” the group said.
“Together with the Agriculture Ministry, and after a call of interest by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Maltese government sent 500 tonnes of potatoes to Namibia due to the problem the country was having providing food,” they continued.
These potatoes are set to be shared among half a million people in need of nutrition.
Malta’s farmers were left with an excess stock of potatoes this year. However, these potatoes were exported by the 25th of June, sent in 25kg sacks and given to the Namibian government.
It is hoped that each person within the half a million suffering from food scarcity is given one kilogram of Maltese potatoes.