Engen hands over another N$977k to farmer drought relief

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Engen handed over another N$ 977,000 to the Dare to Care Foundation on Wednesday to be used to support Namibia’s farmers who have been ravaged by a six-year drought.

Engen announced in early June that it will contribute 5 cents for every litre of petrol purchased from an Engen service station in Namibia from 1 June to 31 August 2019 to Dare to Care.

The money raised over three months will be used to help subsidize certain feeds and make them more affordable to farmers during the current national agricultural crisis.

The latest donation from August fuel sales comes on the back of a N$850,000 donation for June, and a N$1million donation for July, bringing the total given to drought-relief by the country’s biggest fuel company to N$2 827 000.

“At the outset we stated that our target was to raise N$3 million to help the country’s commercial and subsistence farmers in this hour of extreme need. While we have fallen just short, I would like to thank our loyal customers for helping us achieve this notable amount,” commented Christian Li, Engen’s managing director in Namibia.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Engen is committed to conducting business in a manner that is compatible with the social needs of the communities in which it operates.

Dare to Care was established in 2000 by members of the agricultural sector to assist victims of veld fires. Since then it has broadened its assistance to include, amongst others, victims of floods and farm attacks, and the San people.

The agricultural sector, including the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union (NECFU), Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), and private sector companies have joined hands under the Dare to Care umbrella and set an ambitious collection target of N$10 million.

“As Engen we are humbled to have played a small role in assisting our farmers in this difficult time,” added Li.