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Sunday, 18 December 2005


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P Ngani

Ask the Americans not for rice because Cameroon has plenty of carbohydrates. The US should instead provide you with iron and steel to build roads, bridges and safer homes.

Such rice can fail domestic rice cultivation and cause trouble in future years. Take sensibly. A people who cannot feed themselves in a rain-drenched piece of land like Cameroon deserve no place on earth.

Ngani Paul

Denis Anye - Ada

The purpose of food aid is to help those in need but sometimes, this is not the aim;
The question then is thus;
Is this move by the US solely a noble gesture or hidden dumping in disguise in the name of food aid ?
Food aid can be a means of dumping surplus produce while enhancing the donor nation exports - The US has always been suspected and accused of this.
Food aid should be given in cash and not in
kind except on rare situations where it necessitate the suplement of a deficiency of an element not readily available.
In this case,would this not distort the locally grown rice market and what will become of all those peasant farmers with their chain of relatives who depend soley on them ?
In a nutshell, in good faith,food aid in cash is preferably in emergency,when the food is purchased locally(if grown locally),will be delivered more quickly and will be less cheaper(no shipment/storage cost etc)


Fellow cameroonians,

Beware that such aid like the one America has offered cannot contribute to food security or food safety. The rice in one way or the other may not fit for a healthy life! Aren't Cameroonians aware that Americans are the architects of genetic manipulation? Suppose the gene pool of the rice has been manipulated, what would become of idigenous rice? GM crops, and rice in particular is one crop subject to gentic engineering in America and whose scientific certainty has not been approved. The issue of GM crops for consumption is at the centre of much controversy the world over. While American scientists are talking of those crops being safe, their European counterparts still lack the scientific evidence. This, however, has enabled environment and consumer organisations to wage a war on such crops.

Mr minister, before accepting such rice for human consumption, you should take all necessary measures to ensure it's safety without which, Cameroonians may become culprits of unindentifiable diseases. I humbly think Cameroon has alot of rice, and the South West province in particular can boast of food self sufficency. While American rice may be a wanted gift to the littoral, I do not think it is for the southwest. Watch out!!!!

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