NAMIBIA NOT IMPORTING MAIZE GRAIN AS STILL HAS STOCK

12 Jul 2013 11:19

RUNDU, NAMIBI, July 9 (BERNAMA-NNN-NAMPA) --â€" The Namibian government has not yet started importing maize grain as the country still has maize in stock in its silos for drought-relief distribution, says Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa.

The government, through the Agriculture Ministry, has constructed silos at Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region; at Rundu in Kavango Region; Omuthiya in Oshikoto Region; Okongo in Ohangwena Region; and at Tsandi in the Omusati Region.

The national strategic food reserves or silos are national food storage facilities for cereals such as millet (mahangu), maize, wheat and rice. These silos were established for the purposes of guaranteeing food security at national and household level in times of need.

The minister, who visited Kavango Region (Province) in northeastern Mozambique last week, stressed during a consultative meeting with constituency councillors at Rundu the importance of silos as food storage facilities.

The Tsandi silos have a collective capacity of 3,000 tonnes, those at Rundu can store 4,000 tonnes, while the silos at Katima Mulilo have a capacity of 6,000 tonnes and those at Omuthiya and Okongo have a capacity of 500 tonnes each.

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