KOREA’S 600-MT RICE TO MYANMAR FOR FIGHTING AGAINST FOOD INSECURITY AMID A WIDESPREAD OF COVID-19
The surging number of COVID-19 infections in Myanmar has caused a concern on food insecurity in the country. The APTERR, therefore, has released 600 MT of rice contributed by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) through the prepositioned stockpiled rice system under Tier 3, for providing immediate rice assistance to those affected by impacts of COVID-19; mostly quarantined people and patient under investigation (PUI), in 10 states and regions in Myanmar.
On 9 November 2020, General Manager of the APTERR Secretariat Mr. Chanpithya Shimphalee attended, via online, the handover ceremony of the ROK’s 600 MT contribution for safeguarding food security during COVID-19 in Myanmar. The ceremony was held at the Director General Office of the Department of Rice, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar (MOALI) in Yangon with several honorable representatives including Ambassador Lee Sang-hwa from the Embassy of the ROK in Myanmar, and those attending via online, from the MOALI headed by Deputy Minister H.E. U Hla Kyaw, the Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation (aT) by Mr. Panjae Kim as well as Myanmar’s regional and state government.
The 600-MT rice contributed by the ROK is a part of APTERR’s 1,350-MT rice given to Myanmar in order to support the country for mitigating risks of food insecurity amid the unprecedented situation of COVID-19. The remaining 750-MT rice contribution comes from the Government of Japan.
On the occasion of this ceremony, Mr. Shimphalee reaffirmed the APTERR’s commitment to fully utilise the APTERR mechanism for mitigating food insecurity caused by adverse impacts of the widespread of COVID-19 in the region complied with the recommendation made by the ASEAN Plus Three leaders at the Special APT Summit on COVID-19 in April 2020.
Photo credit: DOA and APTERR Secretariat