14 Jul 2017 18:20pm
NKURENKURU, 14 JUL (NAMPA) A well-known mahangu farmer from Kavango West, Andreas Kamukwanyama has emerged as the 2016/2017 National Grand Champion Mahangu farmer.
The winners of the competition were crowned at this years National Mahangu Festival and Mahangu Champion Award Ceremony held in Nkurenkuru on Thursday.
Kamukwanyama is from Satotwa village in the Mankumpi constituency.
He was followed by Fred Mwambi, a mahangu farmer from the Zambezi Region, who was crowned as the National Champion Mahangu Farmer.
Kavango West Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausiku in her welcoming remarks congratulated the winners of this years competition, saying it has become a custom over the past years for the award ceremony to be held in the region of the overall winner.
As a new region, we are very happy and proud, said Ausiku.
The awards, staged on an annual basis, were hosted by the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
The initiative is part of the ministrys ongoing agronomic interventions aimed at enhancing food production and food security in Namibia. The competition also recognises the efforts of mahangu producers and promotes the production of mahangu on a large scale.
Kamukwanyama as the overall winner encouraged other farmers to work hard and seek information from experts regarding agricultural practices.
He also won the competition in 2010 in the then Kavango region before it was split into two.
The National Grand Champion Mahangu farmer and the National Champion Mahangu Farmer both walked away with vouchers worth N.dollar 20 000, trophies and certificates.
The Regional Grand Champions are Eris Likando (Zambezi), Innosensius Shikusho (Kavango East), Saltiel Philipus (Otjozondjupa), Timoteus Haimene (Ohangwena), Simson Immanuel (Oshikoto) and Saltiel Iipinge from Omusati.