WINDHOEK: Government is busy upgrading beef processing and cold storage facilities in the Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshana Regions in order to encourage value addition and job creation.
This was said by President Hifikepunye Pohamba during the opening of the 58th Annual Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show here on Thursday.
Pohamba said Government is also committed to putting in place a programme aimed at increasing livestock production and marketing, improving animal health status in communal areas, and improving the production level of commercial farmers’ herds.
He further stated that Government has constructed Fresh Produce Hubs at Rundu and Ongwediva where Namibian farmers can store their produce before it is distributed to various markets.
The Head of State said agriculture is one of the important pillars of the Namibian economy, and therefore, Government is paying special attention to this vital sector.
“I have no doubt that Namibia has the capacity to produce sufficient food to feed the nation and for export to outside markets,” Pohamba said.
He also noted that in order for the country to increase its production, farmers need to have access to financial assistance and the right technologies.
Government has, under the green scheme programme, allocated about 7 700 hectares of land for irrigation projects in the Karas, Kavango, Caprivi, Hardap and Omusati Regions.
The President indicated that government has also established silos at strategic places in crop-producing regions such as Caprivi, Kavango, Ohamgwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.
These silos have a total storage capacity of 14 000 metric tonnes.
Pohamba said the silos were constructed as part of Government’s dedication to national food security, especially in times of floods and drought.
The Head of State encouraged successful commercial and communal farmers to continue assisting emerging farmers by exchanging information and interacting with them with regards to the most appropriate and successful farming methods.
“This will assist our country to have more successful farmers and therefore, increased production in both crop farming and animal husbandry,” he said.
The show started last Friday and ends on Saturday.