Mbambo urges small farmers to shift to commercialisation

15 Jul 2014 17:20pm
RUNDU, 15 JUL (NAMPA) ¬Ė Small-scale farmers in the Kavango East and West regions should regard farming as a business which will contribute towards the country¬ís national development goals, the Kavango East regional governor, Dr. Samuel Mbambo says.
Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting held to introduce the Communal Land Development Programme’s (CLDP) Advisory Services team at Rundu on Tuesday, he said there are many untapped resources in Namibia that needs to be explored, and one of them is land.
Mbambo said farmers should maximally use land by investing in it, so that they can help develop communities and the country at large in view of the country’s Vision 2030 national development plan.
The governor further urged people to change their mindsets and move from subsistence farming towards commercial farming.
Mbambo was optimistic that farmers from the two Kavango regions will benefit from training and mentoring services of the land development project in order to increase productivity and sustainability in the agricultural sectors which, he said, is vital for successful implementation of the government’s land reform programme.
He was hopeful that the beneficiaries of the project pursue more commercially driven modes of production.
Mbambo then called on stakeholders to support the initiatives and commit themselves to contribute towards the success of the CLDP advisory services.
The CLDP was launched by Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb in November last year with the aim to enable farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) to develop Small Scale Commercial Farms (SSCF), especially in livestock production.
The N.dollars 42 million programme is supported by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, the European Commission (EC) and the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (AgriBank).
The four-year programme will include the setting-up of advisory and mentoring services for new commercial farmers at SSCF sites in the regions of Kavango East and West, Zambezi, Omusati, Ohangwena, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, as well as Tsumkwe West in the Otjozondjupa Region and the Oshikoto region’s Mangetti area. The programme aims at providing advisory services to farmers in the NCA with secured land rights and farm infrastructure.
The CLDP advisory services team consists of Richard Kamukuenjange, who is the CLDP national coordinator; Josephine Itula, the administrator; Oliver Manungo, the lead field officer; senior field advisor Dr Edwin Muradziwa, and Anna Hakusembe, the training, data, and communications coordinator.