MTC helps drought-stricken farmers

10 July 2019 | Disasters

MTC has thrown its weight behind the farming community, amid the devastating drought.

The telecommunications firm yesterday donated N$250 000 to the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) and N$400 000 to the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU).

During the handover ceremony, MTC board chairperson Elvis Nashilongo said these dreadful times affect farmers on a daily basis and the nation remains confronted by escalating numbers of dying livestock, which is an evident threat to food security.

“MTC has never shied away from playing its part when it comes to corporate social responsibility, and today we want to make another contribution geared towards assisting farmers, through the farmers' unions, to get over this difficult period. We want to encourage the two farmers' representatives to put this donation to good use, and in the best interest of the most disadvantaged farmers,” Nashilongo said.

The ongoing and prolonged drought in the country is affecting the production of arable crops and animal feed, which increases input costs and could potentially give rise to low food outputs.

According to Nashilongo, this support is aimed at increasing the availability of fodder resources for livestock, one of the main challenges faced by farmers dealing with the impacts of the drought.

MTC manager of corporate affairs, communications and sponsorships, John Ekongo, said they are committed to playing their part to ease the burden on drought-stricken communities.

“When encountered with the signals of these extreme climatic events, we were spurred into action to offer our support to this very crucial industry and assist our farmers in coping in these dire straits. Our action today is formed on the basis of MTC being the largest ICT solutions provider,” said Ekongo.

He said Namibians must understand that drought affects us all. He added the donation complements other efforts by MTC, including the SMS and Connect for Good Campaign, which is running from 31 May until 31 August.

Under this campaign, 10 MTC customers, on a daily basis, stand a chance to win a fuel, groceries or a farm implements voucher to the value of N$3 000 each, in addition to a monthly draw of N$10 000 for 16 customers.

The vouchers are redeemable at Agra, Kaap Agri, Shoprite and selected service stations.

MTC has also made another donation of N$100 000 towards the Winter Knights project, which takes care of the most vulnerable members of society during winter.

“It is important to keep our people warm during this winter, especially knowing that a number of our young and old citizens find themselves homeless,” said Ekongo.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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