Chinese hand over fertilizers, seeds

Chinese hand over fertilizers, seeds

BUTHA-BUTHE – THE Charg’e d’Affaires and Political Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Maseru, Song Changqing, says their goal is to deepen the level of friendship between Basotho and China. He was speaking at a ceremony to hand over fertilizers and seeds to more than 350 families from seven villages in Botha-Bothe on Monday. The fertilizers and seeds, worth over M100 000, were raised by the China-Lesotho People-to-People Friendship Action Fund.

Changqing however acknowledged that there was an ongoing debate about the presence of the Chinese in Lesotho with respect to their trade and investments and how they are helping the economy. Some critics also say the Chinese are at the same time exploiting the local masses.

“Many people appreciate and acknowledge the role played by the Chinese through their trade and investments in fighting poverty and therefore helping in poverty alleviation among poor households,” he said.
“Many others however argue that the Chinese are very exploitative.”

\“The Chinese have invested much in Lesotho through which the low-income consumers and poor Basotho are benefiting,” he said.
He said both Lesotho and China attach great importance to the development of the agricultural sector.
“They both enjoy a profound and fruitful cooperation in the agricultural (sector),” he said.
He praised the Chinese community for their persistent assistance to local communities.

He said the donation of seeds and fertilizers at the beginning of the ploughing season will help ensure that farmers have a good harvest.
Changqing appealed to the Chinese community and the Basotho to work together as brothers and sisters to create a better future.
“The China-Lesotho People-to-People Friendship Action Fund understands the needs of Basotho, that’s why we are going from one district to another helping the vulnerable,” he said.

Justice Minister Mahali Phamotse, who spoke on behalf of the government, expressed appreciation to the Chinese government and community for helping vulnerable families in Lesotho.
She said the Chinese community had set a fine example and encouraged all Basotho and other nations to learn from them.

Phamotse appealed to the Government of Lesotho and the Basotho people to provide a conducive and friendly environment for the Chinese community to develop their businesses in Lesotho, which will mutually benefit both sides.
“I value agriculture as one of the most important economic sectors in Lesotho,” Phamotse said.

She advised the beneficiaries to make full use of the seeds and fertilizers this year to ensure a successful harvest.
On behalf of the villagers, Nthabiseng Wethu, thanked the China-Lesotho People-to-People Friendship Action for the gifts.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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