OPUWO: The new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Namibia, Xin Shunkang says his Government will assist in drilling 200 boreholes in the country through the National Planning Commission (NPC).
Xin, who took over as new Chinese ambassador in early August this year, said this when he paid a courtesy call on Kunene Region al Governor Josua //Hoebeb here on Tuesday.
According to him, there are many opportunities to be explored in the Kunene Region in sectors such as tourism, mining and agriculture.
He noted that water is very important in the development of all sectors, and with the Kunene Region having underground water sources, China is willing to assist in drilling several boreholes in the region to ensure that water is not going to be a barrier for development.
“We are going to start with drilling four boreholes in Kunene with funds that we are going to source from our friends, and later through your NPC, we can drill some more,” noted Xin.
The four boreholes will be drilled in a selected area earmarked for agriculture to produce fruit and vegetables with the technical support from Chinese experts.
Xin said the office of the governor should select community members to be trained to run small Greenhouses with the intention of expanding them to other areas in the near future.
According to him, Chinese agricultural experts have recently brought a new technique of growing mushrooms to Namibia, and they are ready to train and share this knowledge with locals.
On his part, //Hoebeb said it would be good if residents of the Kunene Region can produce food for themselves.
He welcomed the offer, and was happy that Xin came to ask what he could do for the people of the Kunene Region.