27 Feb 2014 18:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 27 FEB (NAMPA) The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa says the Board of directors of the Agricultural Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of professional integrity.
Mutorwa said this whilst inaugurating the Board of directors at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Thursday.
The Board of directors is chaired by the deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda, who is deputised by Des Tshikesho, also from the ministry.
Petrus Uugwanga, Mesag Mulunga, Joseph Ihemba, Frieda Nakanyala, Twegwaadha Alweendo, Jessey Kamwi and Sophia Kasheeta are the other directors.
Mutorwa stated that the directors are also expected to demonstrate efficiency in the discharge of the State-owned Enterprise (SOE) Act and all applicable policies and laws of the country that are relevant to their duties and responsibilities.
Mutorwa described the AMTA Board as a powerful team of committed, passionate and professional directors filled with expertise needed by the agency during its time of development and evaluation.
If you make effective use of your expertise, you will most certainly help AMTA meet its goals to grow as a marketing and trade agency that will be recognised nationally and internationally, the minister said.
Mutorwa explained that the critically designed and planned place of AMTA in the overall practical attainment of the ministrys mandate is to create and provide a conducive business environment, which is required for rendering needed services to the agricultural sector.
The agency is also entrusted with enabling players in the agricultural sector to contribute towards safe, sufficient and quality food production, as well as its marketing in the country and beyond.
Mutorwa said he believes the AMTA secretariat has worked hard for the operationalisation of its fresh produce business hubs at Rundu and Ongwediva.
The two hubs started operating towards the end of last year by implementing a trading system that is accommodative of the small and medium-scale fresh produce producers.
AMTA has a staff component of 53 employees at this stage, and its staff members are anticipated to increase to 94 by April this year.