ADRA sends Million-plus seeds to DPRK
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Date: January 21, 1998
OSHAWA, CANADA--More than one million individual packets of vegetable seeds arrived in Pyongyang, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) on January 3, 1998, from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada office.
The seeds will plant about 500,000 family gardens to assist those suffering from the present food shortage in the country. Fresh from the 1997 marketing year, the seeds include vegetables such as peas, green beans, beets, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers. The 20 tons of seeds, valued at US$1.5 million, which left on a ship from Vancouver in early November 1997, were donated by Canada Feed the Children. ADRA began working with the DPRK after its governments initial appeal for emergency food aid in September 1995. To date, ADRA has provided more than US$4.2 million in medicines and supplies and medical assistance, 215 tons of rice, 52 tons of milk powder, 21 tons of baby food, and almost 600 tons of instant dry noodles.