22 Apr 2017 15:20pm
RUNDU, 22 APR (NAMPA) The food production programme Operation Werengendje is in its second stage, Kavango East Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo said here on Friday.
Mbambo was briefing Vice President Dr Nickey Iyambo on the state of the region. Iyambo is visiting the Kavango East and West regions on familiarisation tour which started Thursday and ends Tuesday.
Iyambo is accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu, as well as senior officials from the Office of the President.
Mbambo explained that the programme targeted about 2 000 hectares of land to be ploughed, of which 1800 hectares were covered with limited resources.
An amount of N.dollars 600 000 for the implementation of Operation Werengendje was provided by the Namsov Community Trust and Namibia Fishcor.
The programme was initiated by Mbambo towards the end of last year to assist and inspire residents of the region to produce their own crops to become self-sufficient and ensure food security.
Werengendje means 'termite'.
Werengendje has several stages namely ploughing, weeding, harvesting and marketing. It is now at the end of its second stage, which is weeding, the governor explained.
He said the impact of Operation Werengendje is evident and can be seen by anyone who uses the road in the constituencies where it has been implemented.
Mbambo informed the delegation that this year, the programme will end with a Food Expo to be held from 07 June to 09 June 2017.
We are now planning to visit neighbouring countries to learn more about food production. The country we have in mind is Zimbabwe and the province we want to visit is Mashonaland West, he added.
The region plans to sign a bilateral twinning agreement with the province of Mashonaland.
I am planning to lead a delegation within the first half of this year on a familiarisation visit if finance for this trip is available, Mbambo said.
After consultations with the governor, Iyambo visited the Swapo party regional office, paid a courtesy call on the Hompa (king) of the Mbunza Traditional Authority, Alfons Kaundu and visited the Sikondo Irrigation Scheme in the Kavango West Region.