USDA to Donate Wheat for Mongolia

USDA to Donate Wheat for Mongolia

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service has issued the following press release:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 20,000 metric tons of wheat to Mercy Corps, a private voluntary organization, for use in Mongolia.

Mercy Corps will sell the wheat in Mongolia on its behalf and the Cooperative Housing Foundation Consortium. Both members of the consortium will receive proceeds from the sale to implement agricultural development and assistance projects throughout Mongolia.

An estimated $2.94 million in proceeds generated from the sale of wheat will be used over a one-year period in Mongolia to help herders form groups or cooperatives; identify, access and develop new markets; and implement a pilot animal nutrition monitoring system. The proceeds also will help herders learn safe dairy production practices; support the establishment, expansion, and diversification of new businesses linked to herder enterprises; provide continuing education for veterinarians and veterinarian technicians; and provide targeted training and technical assistance.

The donation will be made under USDA's Food for Progress program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. The supply period for this donation is fiscal year 2005.

The Food for Progress program provides for USDA donations of agricultural commodities to needy countries to encourage economic or agricultural reforms that foster free enterprise. For fiscal year 2005, USDA donated 300,000 tons of U.S. commodities to 16 countries under Food for Progress.

Alessandra S. McCormack, 202/720-0862, alessandra.mccormack@fas.usda.gov.