Kavango East to launch 'Operation Werengendje'

16 Nov 2016 07:50am
RUNDU, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – Governor of the Kavango East Region, Dr Samuel Mbambo will soon launch ‘Operation Werengendje’ aimed at reducing hunger and poverty in the region.
Operation Werengendje is a term the governor coined for the food production programme in his region.
Literally translated, Operation Werengendje means ‘Operation Termite’.
“We looked at the hardworking, focus-minded, persistent, tenacious small creatures (termites) and took it to be the name of our operation,” Mbambo told Nampa on Tuesday.
The programme will be introduced in all six constituencies of the region and supervised by the Constituency Development Committee under the leadership of each constituency councillor.
Expanding on how Operation Werengendje will work, the governor said tractors will be availed by government for private individuals to plough their mahangu fields at a cost.
The programme will start as soon as the conditions are ready for the preparation of the fields.
Mbambo said for the country to eradicate poverty it needs such an operation, adding that Operation Werengendje is not an isolated issue but part of the larger Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
“Operation Werengendje will lay a strong foundation for the entire HPP. I believe that best plans were made by brains well connected to the stomach,” he said.
All crop producers and service providers in Kavango East are expected to participate in Operation Werengendje.
The service providers were listed as the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry; the Green Scheme; farmers’ unions and associations. They also include private tractor owners.
Meanwhile, the governor called on all shebeen and bar owners not to sell alcohol between 07h00 and 13h00 to give people time to plough their fields.