13 Jun 2017 18:00pm
RUNDU, 13 JUN (NAMPA) The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is in the final stages of drafting a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated agricultural development programme that will be used alongside the National Development Plans.
This was announced by Minister of Agriculture, John Mutorwa at the eighth national congress of the Namibia National Farmers Union held at Opuwo in the Kunene Region last week.
In a statement availed to the media on Tuesday, Mutorwa said the programme will have different market access schemes that will consist of practical activities supported by all government offices, ministries and agencies, as well as the private sector.
It will be known as the Harambee Comprehensive Coordinated and Integrated Agricultural Development Programme.
Mutorwa said the programme model is aimed at facilitating access for small and medium-scale agricultural producers and agro-processors to markets as a means of stimulating sustainable agricultural production.
This will enhance national and household food security and will contribute to employment creation in rural areas to reduce income inequality, which will in turn invigorate economic activities in rural communities and spur industrialisation in rural areas, he said.
Mutorwa commended the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Percy Misika and his team at head office and in the regions for their dedication to completing the draft, which has already been forwarded to Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa.
The market scheme under the programme will include a floodwater irrigation and infrastructure development scheme, beef value chain development scheme and a small stock value chain development scheme for small and medium-scale agricultural producers and agro-processors in the southern regions of Namibia.
Other proposed schemes include an agricultural mechanisation scheme, cereal value chain development scheme, horticulture, poultry, milk, hide and skin value chain development schemes.
The draft will be presented to various cabinet committees such as the Cabinet Committee on Overall Policy and Priorities for input and to Cabinet for consideration and approval.