WINDHOEK: The 16th Namibia Rangeland Forum is set to take place at Arebbusch Lodge in the capital from 11 to 13 September this year.
The forum will be taking place under the theme ‘Bush Encroachment – an Asset or Liability?’.
Agra Professional Services, which is organising the event, said in a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday considerable effort has gone into the development of Namibia’s National Rangeland Management Policy and Strategy.
“The challenge is now for the farmers to implement this strategy in a comprehensive and well-planned manner. The first part of the forum will thus be dedicated to soliciting input from participants on how this strategy should be implemented and what the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders could be,” the statement said.
There is currently a huge interest in the combating of bush encroachment and bush utilisation in Namibia.
Many companies, farmers and government stakeholders are getting involved in combating bush encroachment, using different methods and with different objectives in mind.
This makes it all the more important for the forum to put the topic of bush encroachment under the spotlight in order to find out who is doing what, and to come to some sort of consensus on sustainable bush control for the future.
Presentations and discussions at next month’s event will focus on the physiological, socio-economic and ecological aspects of bush and bush control; bush control and utilisation methodologies and practices; and sustainable bush and rangeland management.
A field visit to the farm Dusternbrook outside Windhoek to look at the effects of controlled fire on bush encroachment and rangeland rehabilitation has been scheduled for the last day of the forum.
Presenters will amongst others include Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa and the president of the Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU), Ryno van der Merwe.