Agronomic Board encourages more local agricultural produce


Namibia's economy requires an improvement in the amount of agricultural produce grown to impact its gross domestic product. 

Namibia Agronomic Board Chief Executive Officer Fidelis Mwazi highlighted this fact during an address at the Government Information Centre.

Mwazi said Namibia must embrace the notion of a green economy to ensure food security and self-sufficiency.

He urged farmers to educate themselves on drought-resistant seed varieties and crops that show resilience under harsh conditions.

Kunene farmers advised to destock to mitigate loss


Sesfontein Constituency Councillor and Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Hendrik Gaobaeb, has urged farmers in his constituency to sell their cattle in a bid to mitigate the losses they currently experience as a result of the severe drought. 

Like many parts of Namibia, Sesfontein has been ravished by a severe drought that has seen the deaths of livestock by many communal farmers. 

He said even commercial farmers are financially crippled by the loss of livestock as a result of the drought. 

Discussions underway to revive Kalimbeza Rice Project


The University of Namibia's (UNAM) Vice-Chancellor has given assurance of plans that could help resuscitate the Kalimbeza Rice Project, saying it should not fail while the university, with all its experience, is there.

Kalimbeza Rice Project, under the Agriculture Ministry, has, for some years now, experienced difficulties in producing the desired yields owing to poor rice plantations. 

Theo Katjimune Primary plants fruit trees on World Environment Day


World Environment Day, celebrated on the 5th of June, is dedicated to raising awareness, mobilising action, and promoting environmental sustainability. 

This annual event serves as a crucial reminder of the need to protect the planet and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for generations to come.

The FNB Legal and Credit Risk Compliance Team took a significant step towards environmental sustainability by planting 32 fruit trees at Theo Kajimune Primary School in Katutura. 

Meatco bleeding from stock theft at Zambezi Quarantine Camp


The Namibian Police in the Zambezi Region have advised Meatco to beef up security at its Kopano Quarantine Camp, where stock theft is becoming rife at the government facility. 

The Meat Corporation of Namibia has 900 cattle quarantined there.

Multiple cases of stock theft have been reported at the facility over the past three weeks, where about 12 camps are home to Meatco cattle.

VP urges youth to get involved in Agriculture sector


Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says agriculture in Africa is expected to meet the dual objectives of providing food and helping people escape poverty.

Dr. Nandi-Ndaitwah further says that the agriculture sector can produce Africa's next billionaires.

Therefore, the Vice President calls on all young people countrywide to develop an interest in agriculture during a stakeholder engagement held at Omaruru. 

About 70% of the Namibian population depends on agricultural activities for livelihood, mostly in the subsistence sector.

Oranjemund's nursery project plans to become commercial


A pilot nursery project set up by the Oranjemund Town Transformation Agency (OMDis) is in the process of becoming a fully-fledged commercial production unit.

OMDis was established in 2019 to build the town's economic resilience, transcending its historic reliance on mining activities.

Tommy West, the agriculture manager at the nursery, says that the first cultivation of about 2,000 heads of seedlings per week has already taken place, which is an indication of the project's commercial value.

Hiitambo Academy promotes sustainable farming


The founder of Hiitambo Virtual Academy, a non-profit organisation, Mbunga Mbueza, is breaking new ground, exposing famers in the predominantly livestock farming community of Okakarara to poultry and horticulture.

The target populations are resettled and communal farmers.

The academy provides training in agriculture and basic financial literacy.

Poultry and horticulture farming is also becoming popular, and locals are urged to consider its benefits, including self-sustainability and fulfilment.

Agriculture Ministry addresses water shortages in Otjombinde


The Omaheke Regional Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, has commenced the drilling of water boreholes in seven villages in the Otjombinde Constituency.

Otjombinde Councillor Wenzel Kavaka says all seven villages where boreholes will be drilled have been without water for years, hindering agricultural activities.

Kavaka added that, with the drilling of boreholes, the farming community should also venture into crop production to address food insecurity.