28 May 2017 15:40pm
RUNDU, 28 MAY (NAMPA) The Kavango East Regional Farmers Union (KERFU) on Friday and Saturday held its first ordinary congress under the theme Farming, the backbone of food security.
The two-day meeting was aimed at helping farmers fight common challenges and address difficulties they face on a daily basis.
Speaking at the official opening, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa congratulated the leadership for successfully holding its first ordinary congress.
He noted Governments support for the local farmers.
Farming is an individual activity and Government is there to support and assist farmers with programmes rendered through regional offices countrywide.
Mutorwa also thanked the mother body, the Namibia National Farmers Union, for the way in which it has assisted the regional farmers unions countrywide.
The congress was attended by various leading institutions, such as Agribank of Namibia, the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) and the Meat Board of Namibia, who all came to share information on services rendered to farmers to enhance production on their farms.
The congress discussed topics such as the role of AMTA in the agricultural sector and products the Agribank can offer to Northern Communal Area (NCA) farmers without collateral.
KERFU also elected a new executive team during the congress.
Adolf Muremi was elected as chairperson of the union established in June 2015.
Muremi replaces interim out-going Chairperson, Hannes Balzaar.
The congress also elected Thomas Nyambe as the vice-chairperson, Timotheus Kativa as secretary and Mathew Kalihonda as vice-secretary.
Kornelia Thimende was elected treasurer whilst Kadiva Haininga and Magreth Ndara are additional members.