China donates 1, 243 metric tons of rice to Liberia

Liberian President Weah in a photo shot with the new Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia Fu Jijun. [Photo/Liberia’s Executive Mansion]
China has donated 1,243 metric tons of rice to Liberia as emergency humanitarian food assistance.

A statement by the Liberian government confirmed recently that all 50 containers of rice had arrived in the country and were received by officials.

“The donation was based upon a request from the Liberian government,” said  Minister Elias Shoniyin.

The food assistance would help alleviate the hardship that the continuous rise in the price of rice, a staple food in Liberia, has brought on ordinary citizens, Shoniyin said.

The new administration of President George Weah has been working to stabilize the price of rice with the aim of making it affordable to most of the citizens, he said.

Fu Jijun, the Chinese ambassador in Liberia, said the donated rice would be allocated to the needy, and that China is willing to help the West African country raise grain production and strengthen its agriculture sector.

Source: china.org.cn

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.