Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Japan donates 8,500 tons of US rice to Haiti

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Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

LAFITEAU, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – 8,509 tons of American rice was offered by Japan to the Haitian government on Thursday.

The Haitian government made reception of the cargo as part of the Economic Cooperation Program and the Food Aid Convention.

This donation follows an agreement signed January 2016 between the two countries and estimated at more than $4 million [USD].

The Bureau of Monetization of Development Assistance Programs (BMPAD) received the cargo and will place the rice on the market at a “competitive price”. The program’s aim is to stabilize the price of this commodity in the local market.

The Director of BMPAD responded to longtime concerns of rice flooding Haitian markets. He said precautions have been taken to avoid discouraging domestic production but provided no details.

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About The Author

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Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.