DTA blasts Swapo for 'failing the agriculture sector'

03 Mar 2014 11:30am
GOBABIS, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani took a swipe at the ruling Swapo-Party for allegedly neglecting the agricultural sector, which he says has contributed to the widespread poverty experienced in the country.
Venaani, who addressed a small crowd at an open area in the Epako residential area of Gobabis on Sunday, said Government has conveniently sidelined the agricultural sector as it remains underdeveloped to date.
Namibia, he added, is far from producing its own food for domestic consumption as Government has failed to prioritise food security.
Instead, the country is forced to import over two-thirds of the food needed for domestic consumption.
“We are all aware that the agricultural sector can produce employment, and also feed thousands of families if properly developed and prioritised, but this aspect is conveniently ignored by the government of the day. We need to change this status quo,” he charged.
Venaani said his party will give priority to that sector by modernising and industrialising it in order to meet the rising demands for food security if the DTA is voted into power.
“We cannot keep waiting for the government of the day to make up its mind, as it is forever planning, but failing to implement. We are tired of a planning government, and we need change,” he noted.
The opposition politician was accompanied by his vice-president Kazehongere Tjeundo; chairperson Jennifer van den Heever; and Secretary-General Vincent Kanjetu, amongst others.
Former Congress of Democrats’ (CoD) Member of Parliament, Elma Dienda, who joined the DTA last week, was also introduced to the crowd during the low-key rally.