Taiwan donated 1,000 tonnes of rice to El Salvador on Wednesday as part of its 2016 international humanitarian food aid program, according to a press release issued by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Central American nation.
Taiwan's Ambassador to El Salvador Andrea S.Y. Lee (???) made the donation, which is worth about US$3.3 million, to Salvadoran Vice Minister of Education Erlinda Handal Vega, at a ceremony held at the Salvadoran Ministry of Education. Also present were acting Salvadoran Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda and other government officials.
Addressing the ceremony, Lee said that based on the long-standing friendship between Taiwan and El Salvador, the ROC government decided to make the donation to help the Salvadoran government relieve the plight of low-income families, whose situation has deteriorated recently due to the soaring price of red beans, which are a staple food in El Salvador. A drought earlier this year reduced the red bean harvest and is responsible for the price hike.
In addition, most of the rice consumed in El Salvador is imported, the Taiwanese diplomat said.
Handal Vega and Castaneda expressed gratitude to the government and people of Taiwan for the donation, which, they said, would be used to provide nutritious lunches for school children across the nation.
They also thanked Taiwan's government for the assistance it has extended to El Salvador in such areas as education, agriculture, health, and social welfare.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel