Pohamba urges Namibians to produce own food

21 Apr 2017 10:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 21 APR (NAMPA) – Chancellor of the University of Namibia (UNAM) and former Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on Namibians to put more effort in producing and buying local products.
He emphasised how economically satisfying it would be to the country.
During his speech at the graduation ceremony of UNAM’s four northern campuses: Oshakati, Hifikepunye Pohamba, Ogongo and Jose Eduardo dos Santos on Thursday, Pohamba commended Ogongo Campus in the Omusati Region for promoting the production of food and food security as well as the Kalimbeza Rice Project in Zambezi, also pioneered by the campus.
“The campus further assists farmers in Omusati and other regions to grow both rice and mahangu, which is a good initiative in the direction of self-sustainability,” Pohamba added.
He said these deserve sustained support to ensure food self-sufficiency through the correct choice of crops, seeds, irrigation methods and agricultural mechanisation.
He also expressed satisfaction with the envisioned industrial park, which will fall under the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
The park, which will be constructed on a piece of land availed by the Ondangwa Town Council in the Oshana Region, will also serve as a catalyst for large scale industrial development and promotion of agricultural mechanisation.
Pohamba, who jokingly advanced the ending of his chancellor duties, congratulated the university, noting that the graduates it produces are indeed crucial in achieving the country’s national development plans and socio-economic development.
“We are counting on you; the nation and indeed the world at large expects you to continue to work hard with commitment and professionalism in a meaningful way in all you do,” he advised.
A total of 697 students graduated from all four campuses, including 29 from the university’s Centre of Distance Education Learning in Eenhana and five from Opuwo.