Mutorwa urges farmers to ensure food security

17 May 2014 11:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 17 MAY (NAMPA) – Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa said leaders in the agriculture sector are directly involved in translating Government policies into practice.
Mutorwa said this at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region whilst addressing a stakeholders’ information workshop of the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) on Friday.
He said leaders in the agriculture sector have a responsibility of translating Government agriculture policies into practice since they are the ones who have direct link to the field levels.
The theme of the workshop is 'Farmers Key to Food Security', which Mutorwa said highlights the importance of valuing all farmers equally in respect of their land rights, size of land and farming practices.
The minister told those in attendance that it is time that all leaders in the agriculture sector get into action and implement existing ministerial plans, policies and strategies.
“I am proud to say that from Government side, we continue to create a conducive environment in which the agriculture sector is thriving,” said Mutorwa.
Article 98 of the Namibian Constitution, he said, speaks of the principles of economic order, including the Private Public Partnership (PPP) which can be utilised to strengthen the agricultural sector's value chain.
Mutorwa, at the same time, called on farmers to work harder than ever before for the country to see unprecedented marketing of local fresh produce and unparalleled domestic consumption of fresh produce.
The minister also wants to see the country’s agriculture production moving from the ordinary realm into extra-ordinary farming activities.
He then described farmers’ organisations as the 'mouthpiece' for farmers, which has a vital role in facilitating and mobilising farmers towards increased food production to ensure food security.
The workshop ends on Saturday.