Geingob suggests wealthy farmers move to commercial area

11 Nov 2015 13:50pm
OMUTHIYA, 11 NOV (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has suggested that wealthy communal farmers graduate from subsistence communal farming and become commercial farmers.
Geingob made the suggestion while addressing the community of the Oshikoto Region during a town hall meeting at Omuthiya on Monday.
He was responding to a farmer, Shali Kamati who on behalf of the Oshikoto Region’s Mangetti farmers appealed to the government to offer them some assistance now that the drought situation has resulted in the lack of pasture in that area.
The Oshikoto Region’s Mangetti area is a prominent communal grazing land where the wealthy farmers of northern Namibia are farming with hundreds of cattle.
Kamati indicated that farmers would suffer losses of their cattle dying as a result of the lack of grazing land, hence the need for the government to offer a helping hand.
Geingob noted that moving to the commercial land, where the lack of grazing is not that problematic, is the solution to the pasture problem on communal land.
The Head of State pointed out that it is not an easy task for Government to assist the farmers whose animals are affected by the drought.
A large crowd of inhabitants of the Oshikoto Region attended the town hall meeting at Omuthiya where representatives of various groups, such as farmers, church members, youth, people with disabilities, elders, women and veterans of the liberation struggle presented their cases.
Speaking for the church community, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), Shekutaamba Nambala expressed concern over the mushrooming of small churches in Namibia.
Referring to a recent case, in which one of the new churches in the Erongo Region allegedly told a young man to kill his cousin in Ondangwa and drink his blood for his business to flourish,
Nambala said those churches are misleading community members.
Geingob noted new churches are mushrooming because of the freedom of religion the country is enjoying.
The President said it is difficult to disallow some of the churches in a country where the freedom of religion is constitutional.
Besides the mushrooming churches, Geingob noted of small traditional authorities and political parties that are also mushrooming in the country.
However, the Namibian leader has reminded the Namibian people to embrace national unity under a 'One Namibia, One Nation' spirit.
He called on the Council of Churches in Namibian (CCN) to help the government by coming up with a proposal on how best to address the issue.
The community of Oshikoto has, amongst other, demanded Government establish an institution of higher learning, recreation facilities, multi-purpose youth centre, security-free farming loan and a marriage system that allows couples to have a choice of getting married in community of property or out of community of property.
People in northern Namibia are only getting married out of community of property, unlike those in the southern parts of the country where marrying partners have a choice.
In efforts to address the poverty of the Namibian people, ensure their well-being and enforce the idea of ‘No Namibian should fee left out’, Geingob is on a trip of nationwide community engagements in which he holds town hall meetings with community members to hear of their concerns and allow them to articulate their solutions to national issues.
Geingob held his last meeting at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday.