01 Feb 2015 13:50pm
RUNDU, 01 FEB (NAMPA)- The countrys first ever National Agricultural Training Centre opened its doors at Rundu in the Kavango East region on Thursday.
The Rundu Agricultural Training Centre (RNATC), will amongst others set up a comprehensive agricultural machinery and equipment management system, in order to support farmers both at governments Green Scheme and subsistence farmers in the country.
The centre, constructed at a cost of N.dollars 36 million, will also be involved in assembling, repairing as well as scientific research and development.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa, who officially opened the state of the art centre said the countrys national agenda for food security would virtually be impossible without the accompanying intervention and investment in order to create the necessary local technological capability.
The Agriculture Minister stated that the opening of the centre demonstrates the governments commitment to modernise and revolutionise the agricultural sector, especifically the agronomic sub-sector of the countrys economy.
There is indeed no doubt that with this centre in operation, farmers will be more appropriately assisted in terms of their precious time and valuable money that they had to spend in traveling long distances to receive those essential services, the Agriculture Minister said.
Mutorwa underscored the importance of technological capability, stressing that the survival of any nation in todays competitive global market environment solely rests with the technological capability of such nations individual countries.
He said Namibia as a country need to do all that is possible in order to achieve a high level of technological capability, adding that it is only through doing so that the nation can increase its productivity, competitiveness and overall economic growth.
A similar centre is also being constructed in Ongwediva in the Oshana region where it is expected to be completed in November this year.