Agriculture sector needs more focus: Ueitele

24 Sep 2014 17:20pm
GOBABIS, 24 SEP (NAMPA) - There is a need for a more organised agricultural sector in the Omeheke Region to allow residents to reap the best results from the sector, the regional governor says.
Festus Ueitele said the agriculture sector is the mainstay of the Omaheke Region as hundreds rely on it for their livelihood.
He made the remarks on Tuesday when he officially opened the third Omaheke Trade Fair held under the theme 'Innovation, Growth and Wealth'.
“I am of the opinion that practically, together we must decide what we have to do, sharing a common trench of struggle to address an agenda which includes achieving a better life for the masses of our people,” said Ueitele.
He implored residents of the region to work hard to root out poverty and improve their standards of living through the agriculture sector.
“We must work hard to produce the material resources that will enable us to end poverty among our people and ensure that these masses enjoy rising and decent standard of living,” Ueitele said.
The governor further called on prospective investors to plough into the economy of the Omaheke Region, as the region grows in both human resources as well as economic wise.
The Omaheke Trade Fair opened its gates to the public on Monday, and will close on Saturday.
The Omaheke Region, according to statistics from the Namibian Statistics Agency (2011), draws over 64 per cent of its livelihood from the agriculture and forestry sector. This is however largely livestock farming, as the rest of economic income - which includes manufacturing, construction and support services - constitutes less than 5 per cent.