The 19,660 bags of rice were handed over by the Chinese ambassador to Uganda’s prime minister in Kampala on Tuesday.

The Chinese Ambassador, Zheng Zhu Qiang, said his government has been concerned about the poor harvest caused by El Nino in many African countries including Uganda since last year.

“Many Ugandans are in need of food. We take Ugandans as our brothers and sisters. Food security and agricultural development are always a priority for the Chinese government” Zhu Qiang said.

An estimated 10.9 million Ugandans are experiencing acute food insecurity while 1.6 million have no food at all, according to a Food Security Assessment report released on Tuesday.

The situation is attributed to a prolonged severe drought which affected crop production, led to increase in food prices and scarcity of pasture within cattle herding areas.

According to Zheng, the donation is in partial fulfillment of the $1billion emergency food aid promised by Chinese president in 2015 to African countries hit by food crisis.

While receiving the food donation Uganda’s Prime minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda noted that the rice is substantial support towards eliminating food shortages in Uganda.