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International High-Level Panel Campaign launched

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"As heads of state and governments, we must aim to close the water investment gap in Africa for the achievement of not only the water-related SDG targets on the continent, important as they are, but to enable the African continent to achieve her overall developmental goals."

This was the clarion call by President Hage Geingob during the launch of the International High-Level Panel Campaign, titled Mind the Gap: Invest in Water Raising Ambition, in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein.

MeatCo's Rundu abattoir inaugurated

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform officially handed over the Rundu abattoir to MeatCo yesterday.

The abattoir is intended to serve as a market for cattle and small stock farmers in the Kavango East, West, and surrounding regions.

The construction of the Rundu abattoir started in 2014 and was expected to be completed in 2017.
 
The Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, stated that the outbreak of COVID-19 and disruptions in tourism and other economic activities delayed the completion of the abattoir.

MAWLR to carry out awareness campaign on livestock identifying and branding

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform will be carrying out an awareness campaign on the Namibia Livestock Identification and Traceability System and stock brands.

The campaign will be undertaken by the ministry's Directorate of Veterinary Services and the Meat Board of Namibia from the 17th of this month until the 31st of October.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate farmers on the appropriate use of cattle eartags and stock brands, as well as provide guidance on how to register on NamLITS online.

MeatCo a crucial entity in the meat market - Schlettwein

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The Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, says MeatCo still remains a crucial entity in the meat market and that it has no immediate replacement.

Schlettwein noted that although the government cannot keep up with bailing out MeatCo all the time, there are currently no plans to replace the entity, and it remains the heartbeat of the livestock sector.

Community development organisations needed with allocation, registration of communal land rights

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Community members in Otjimbingwe and the surrounding areas have emphasised the importance of involving community development organisations in the allocation and registration of communal land rights for groups.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform is consulting with stakeholders in the Erongo Region and other areas regarding the formulation of regulations for the allocation of communal land rights to groups.

New Directors of Meat Board of Namibia appointed

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Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, has highlighted that the division between the commercial, disease-free livestock sector south of the red line and the communal farming sector in the northern part of the country, where diseases still prevail, is a lingering consequence of the colonial divide and rule strategy.

Schlettwein made this remark during the announcement of the new Meat Board, expressing the importance of recognising and rectifying the historical inequalities and divisions that persist in the livestock sector.
 

Namibia needs to enhance stakeholder coordination to achieve Malabo Declaration targets

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There is a pressing need for Namibia to enhance stakeholder coordination to effectively achieve the targets set in the Malabo Declaration by 2025.

Namibia has managed to meet the targets outlined in the Malabo Declaration on only one occasion so far.

These points were raised during a workshop organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa.

MAWLR and CCARDESA embark on three-day workshop

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform (MAWLR), in collaboration with the Centre for Coordination of Agriculture Research and Development (CCARDESA), embarked on a three-day training workshop on the Malabo Declaration Commitments on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods and Knowledge Management.

MAWLR intervenes in Omatjete water crisis

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform has intervened in a water crisis at Omatjete that has been ongoing for years.

The Ministry will be sourcing water from a village near Omatjete to mitigate the ongoing shortage of water in the village.

Situated more than 200 km from Otjiwarongo, Omatjete Village has faced challenges in terms of water availability since even before independence.

About 15 years ago, the regional council installed boreholes and linked them to the reservoir to provide water to the community.