Resettled farmers happy

23 Feb 2017 11:40am
OMATJENE, 23 FEB (NAMPA) - Resettled farmers in the Otjozondjupa, //Kharas and Hardap regions have expressed satisfaction with Government’s resettlement programme.
Franz Gertze thanked Government for allocating him a farming unit, saying he is delighted for the opportunity to be resettled.
“It is a dream come true,” Gertze told Nampa on Wednesday.
Another resettled farmer, Lilia Shaningwa, said she will work hard and produce enough food.
“I will work very hard and take care of the farm so that I prove a point that Government did not make a mistake to resettle me and my family,” said Shaningwa.
Ebenestus Uahupirapi said he is happy to have been resettled in the region of his birth, Otjozondjupa.
Uahupwirapi said he will farm with livestock and will do so wisely by not overstocking the land.
They are part of 25 farmers who on Wednesday received allotment letters from Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma, allowing them to occupy the State-owned farming units for 99 years.
The beneficiaries of these farming units are from the Erongo, Khomas, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Hardap, Ohangwena, Zambezi, Kavango West and Oshana regions.
The allocation of a farming unit includes training on how to farm effectively with large and small livestock. Training is provided at the Omatjene Agricultural Research Centre, situated about 25 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo.
Speaking during their training on Wednesday, Nujoma said the 16 farms were purchased by Government and advertised in local newspapers from 15 August 2015 to 15 October 2016.
He said the land was demarcated into 25 farming units, where these beneficiaries are now resettled.
Out of the farming units, seven are situated in the Otjozondjupa Region, nine in //Kharas and nine in Hardap.