03 Aug 2016 16:30pm
ONAWA, 03 AUG (NAMPA) Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Peter Katjavivi on Monday visited the Onawa yaKahenge community project in the Anamulenge Constituency as part of his outreach visit to the Omusati Region.
The Speaker, accompanied by Members of Parliament and representatives of the Namibia Red Cross Society, visited various projects with a special focus on water security, sustainable education and food security in the Omusati and Kunene Regions from Friday.
He also visited Opuwo, where he amongst others, held talks with traditional leaders and other stakeholders and assessed water points.
The outreach visits, part of an oversight programme that assesses food security and access to education and clean water in Namibia, ended on Tuesday.
Members of the Onawa yaKahenge Community Project said they are in need of a modern water supply system, poultry facilities and gardening equipment to help maintain their production during the drought.
The chairperson of the projects 11-member committee, Tylves Angala said they currently use salty water from an earth dam to irrigate their plantation, which has harmed the plants.
Established in 2012, the project has volunteers representing each of the 122 homesteads of Onawa yaKahenge village and has also created a fund that avails funds to homesteads in difficult times such as cases of death.
They grow mango, guava and lemon trees; cabbage patches; mahangu and maize fields; and rear goats and chickens.
Katjavivi commended community members for their commitment and determination to keep the project operational and expressed sympathy at how the drought has affected production.
We will take your problems up with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication for possible assistance because this initiative has the potential to eradicate poverty and it is about benefiting everybody at the village, the NA speaker said.
Angala said they are also considering growing rice once good rains are received, as the project is located in a natural rainwater catchment area.
Katjavivi promised to consult the University of Namibia (UNAM)s Ogongo Campus, which is involved in the trials of rice production in the Omusati Region, to offer the Onawa yaKahenge Community Project the needed technical advice and skills.
The Speaker also promised a donation of N.dollars 2 000 to the community project.
Besides the Onawa Project, the delegation also visited other NRCS-initiated community projects at Oikokola, Odimbwa and Okanwa in the region.