The government has allocated an amount of N$10 million in the 2023/2024 budget for the development of the Neckartal Dam Irrigation Project.

The project will run on two farms of a combined size of 11 000 hectares, acquired by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform.

Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi in his budget speech said that applications from private businesses to operate the Ndonga Linena, Uvhungu Vhungu, and Orange River Green Scheme Irrigation projects are still under evaluation.

Most of these green schemes received no expressions of interest and will be readvertised, Shiimi says.
So far, only the Uvhungu Vhungu Diary Project has been awarded to private operators.

While the leasing process drags on, production activities continue at Shadikongoro, Sikondo, and Etunda, with the cultivation of crops.

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