Visit to China an eye opener: Hausiku

14 Sep 2013 07:10
TIANJIN, 14 SEP (NAMPA) - Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Marco Hausiku has described his just-ended visit to China as a “learning and impressive working visit”.
Hausiku, accompanied by Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga, amongst other Government officials, was in China for a four-day working visit.
In an interview with Nampa here on Thursday immediately before he left for Namibia, Hausiku said Namibia has a lot to learn from China in terms of managing of agricultural schemes, infrastructure development and town planning.
“We visited several projects from which our country can learn a lot,” he said, highlighting China's idea of mass production in agricultural projects.
Hausiku and his delegation visited the Bahili seedling projects at Xiamen, where they were exposed to different types of crop seeds harvested at the project and sold to local farmers.
The Baili seedling community project, situated in the Zhub economic development zone in Xiamen, was founded in 2011.
The project provides various seedlings to more than 70 million people from the surrounding regions.
The project is aimed at empowering small scale farmers by providing them with seedlings and fertiliser in order to produce food for themselves and people in their surroundings.
“These are the inputs the farmers need in terms of crop production. If we can assist our farmers with such input we will be halfway through to food security,” Hausiku emphasised.
He went on to say the seedling project is “an impressive business” and one of the projects Namibia has to think about in order to expand its green scheme projects.
“In so doing we are empowering the farmers in terms of providing food to the majority of the people in their surroundings and in the end, this is the best way of securing food,” he stated, adding that the green scheme projects need this type of management which involves many farmers from surrounding areas, supported by Government to produce food for themselves and others.
“If we introduce this idea, every locality will have food produced by local farmers,” the Deputy PM stated.
The Namibian delegation also visited Tianjin city with the aim of reinforcing the idea of establishing an industrial park at Walvis Bay and to look at how natural resources, specifically salt, are utilised.
Plans to create an industrial zone at Walvis Bay have already been approved by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and are just waiting to be approved by Cabinet and Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba.
“We were also exposed to new and important ideas of introducing of new methods of planning for a city where people and nature live together. In Namibia we seem to be destructive with our environment. Instead of planting trees in our towns we cut them down to pave way for development, but here in China, people and trees co-exist in towns,” Hausiku stated.
He said Namibia needs to introduce the type of town planning where humans and nature co-exist harmoniously.
The Deputy PM then indicated that the visit to China was an eye-opener and gave his assurance that it will bear fruit in the near future as joint ventures in projects such as the Walvis Bay industrial zone and the establishment of salt and chemical projects will be realised “soon”.
The Namibian delegation also visited Tianjin Port Group and China Railway 18th Bureau Group, where the Deputy Premier encouraged the groups’ management to partner with Namibian port and railway companies for the sake of developing similar Namibian infrastructure.
The premier and his delegation were expected to arrive back in Namibia on Friday.