Sale of alcohol condemned on Govt resettlement farm

05 Apr 2014 12:30pm
KOMBAT, 05 APR (NAMPA) –The Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb has condemned the sale of alcohol on Government resettlement farms.
!Naruseb was speaking during a meeting at the Neu Sommerau Government Resettlement farm near Kombat on Thursday afternoon.
The resettlement farm is situated approximately three kilometres south of Kombat in the Otjozondjupa Region’s Otavi Constituency.
The minister said the sale of alcohol and drugs will not be allowed at Neu Sommerau or any other Government resettlement farm in Namibia.
“You are only allowed to sell bread, sugar and other foodstuffs, not alcohol,” the Lands and Resettlement Minister stressed while addressing the farm’s residents.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Lidwina Shapwa supported the minister, saying the police should start to patrol the farm and arrest alcohol outlet owners.
Shapwa urged the Neu Sommerau residents to sell fresh produce instead of alcohol.
One of the residents, Maria Zondjombo also strongly condemned the sale of alcohol on the Government property.
She said it is a fact alcohol is being sold on the farm and that some of the culprits involved were present at the meeting.
“Alcohol is being sold on this farm and it has destroyed many lives, including that of my daughter who is missing from home for the past few days, she is out there drinking liquor on the farm. We condemn the sale of alcohol on this farm,” said Zondjombo.
Farm Neu Sommerau produces fruit and vegetables, while farmers also farm with livestock for income and self-sustainability purposes.
!Naruseb said he is happy with the crop and livestock farming activities underway at the government resettlement farm near Kombat.
He said it is only at Neu Sommerau that successful crop farming and livestock production has been noted by his office in the Otjozondjupa Region so far.
Farm Neu Sommerau was purchased by Government on 02 October 2001 for the resettlement of 203 households, many made up of former Kombat Mine workers.
The resettlement of these 203 households was finalised in 2003, and about 1 000 people currently reside on the farm.
The resettlement farm is situated on about 9 311 hectares of land.
Crop farming takes place on some 2 200 hectares, while 7 000 hectares are used for livestock farming.
!Naruseb was accompanied by Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma, Otavi Constituency Regional Councillor Ndapewa Nambili, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement Lidwina Shapwa and several administration officers.