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Taiwan to extend agricultural assistance to southern Haiti

2012/08/24 21:20:00

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) Taiwan will launch an agricultural aid program in southern Haiti to continue its assistance to the Caribbean country, an official at a government-funded agency said Thursday.

The program is set to be implemented in Les Cayes, southern Haiti, to help people grow crops such as rice and corn, according to the Taipei-based International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF).

Since a magnitude-7 quake struck Haiti in January 2010, Taiwan has been offering vocational training in Savane Diane in northern Haiti and has been helping residents there to grow crops such as corn and sorghum, said Lee Pai-po, TaiwanICDF deputy secretary-general.

Taiwan also recently completed construction of a resettlement village in Savane Diane to house 215 families that lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake.

The farming project, spread over 322.5 hectares, is expected to be completed by the end of this year and after that, a similar assistance program will be launched in Les Cayes, Lee said at a news conference.

TaiwanICDF is dedicated to promoting socio-economic development and economic relations in developing countries.

It also offers humanitarian assistance in the event of natural disasters or international refugee crises.

(By Elaine Hou)