Adopt appropriate farming practices for climate change: MAWF

14 Jul 2017 14:20pm
NKURENKURU, 14 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has urged farmers to adopt appropriate farming methods that are resistant to climate change.
Deputy Minister Anna Shiweda said this in a speech read on her behalf at the National Mahangu Festival and Mahangu Champion Award Ceremony at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region on Thursday.
Shiweda said agriculture is the most important sector of Namibia’s economy, adding that 70 per cent of the population is dependent on the sector for their livelihood.
It is also important in terms of employment creation and foreign exchange earnings for Namibia.
She added that Namibia has been at the receiving end of the impact of climate change for years.
“Our country has also experienced drought for four consecutive years which resulted in low crop yields across the crop-growing regions,” said Shiweda.
This has led to the government having to implement costly drought relief programmes which resulted in the diversion of funds meant for important capital projects to drought relief interventions.
Last year, President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency and the government allocated N.dollars 90 million to assist people affected by the drought between April and July.