Food Namibia Trade Expo and Conference kicks off

08 Sep 2017 17:20pm
RUNDU, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – The Food Namibia Trade Expo and Conference is officially underway at Rundu in the Kavango East Region.
The two-day event started Friday and brings all stakeholders in Government and the agro-food industry together to discuss key issues related to agriculture and sustainable food production in Namibia.
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa during the official opening said the expo is a good public platform for various institutions and local agriculture and food producers and farmers to showcase their products and services.
Mutorwa said businesses and institutions operating in the agricultural sector will benefit from the event by finding new business and investment opportunities.
He applauded the governor of the Kavango East Region, Samuel Mbambo and the organisers of the event for coming up with the initiative and urge them to continue with such great ideas.
The expo is being attended by various mayors and governors from several regions such as Oshikoto and Omusati.
Other invited guests include the Provincial State Minister of the Mashona West Province in Zimbabwe, Faber Esmund Chidarikire who encouraged his Namibian counterparts to work together in promoting agricultural dialogue in various fields.
He said Namibia and Zimbabwe should work together in order to put southern Africa on the maps in terms of food production.
In his welcoming remarks, Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo said it is a belief in the Kavango regions that the first step towards wealth creation is food production.
“As a region with perennial rivers, fertile soil, suitable climate and adequate rainfall, we decided to fight against poverty though food production under ‘Operation Werengendje’,” said Mbambo.
Operation Werengendje, which aims to assist and inspire Kavango East residents to produce their own crops and become self-sufficient and ensure food security in the region.
He further added that the operation is part and parcel of government national development plans such as the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
The Food Namibia Trade Expo and Conference ends Saturday.