Kavango East, West and Zambezi can ensure Namibia's food security: DTA

01 Oct 2017 16:30pm
RUNDU, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – The Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi Regions have the potential to become the food baskets of Namibia, Secretary General of DTA of Namibia, Manuel Ngaringombe has said.
Ngaringombe said this in an interview with Nampa on Friday during the conclusion of their tour of the north-eastern regions together with the Secretary General of the DTA Youth League, Bensen Katjirijova and the vice secretary general of the party, Linus Tobias.
He said the three regions can become the food baskets of the country if they receive the required support from central government in areas such as agriculture and food production, adding that these regions can provide food security for the entire country.
“Government should try and provide them with tractors and seeds and extend irrigation projects that we have here,” Ngaringombe said, adding that people can produce food for themselves and their families, which will drive the country away from importing food.
He also commented on a number of schools in the region, lauding the building of numerous schools but also pointing out that there are still learners being taught under trees in extremely hot conditions.
Ngaringombe gave an example of the Munganya Combined School in Mukwe constituency of the Kavango East Region where pupils are still being taught under a tree.
According to Crop Prospects and Food Security Situation Report prepared by the Namibian Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU) released in June 2017, maize production showed a significant improvement in Zambezi, Kavango East and West regions.
It also indicated that household food security has improved in major communal crop producing regions although there is still a lot to be done to ensure food security for the entire country.