Economic challenges affected ministry's projects: Mutorwa

02 Feb 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) – A number of projects of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry could not be completed because of the economic and financial challenges faced by the country.
This was said by Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa when he delivered his annual policy statement for the year here on Thursday.
He said due to financial constraints, they could not develop planned new green scheme irrigation projects in the Kavango West and Zambezi regions.
Plans to expand the Etunda Green Scheme project in Omusati and the Kalimbeza Rice Project in Zambezi also had to be put on hold.
Other projects affected include the Uvungu-Vungu Dairy project and construction of the Rundu abattoir and meat processing plant.
Mutorwa, however, said the Neckartal Dam in the //Kharas Region will soon be finalised since 70 per cent of construction has been completed.
He also made mention of the worm outbreak in the Omusati, Ohangwena and Kavango East and West regions, calling upon the responsible officials in the ministry to intensify efforts and strategies to assist farmers in this matter.
The ministry deployed a team of entomologists that identified three types of caterpillars: fall army worms, bollworms and maize stalk borers.
“As the worms have invaded a number of other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states too, it is important that SADC’s voice, advice and support also be heard now,” Mutorwa said.