28 Oct 2017 16:50pm
REHOBOTH, 28 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) has awarded Rustie Kleynhans for excellent and efficient food production at a ceremony held at Stampriet during the World Food Day celebrations.
According to a statement availed to Nampa on Friday, Kleynhans, who manages the Sikondo Green Scheme Project, west of Rundu, where about 600 hectares (ha) of grains and horticulture products are planted under irrigation.
Of these about 380 ha are ploughed on a commercial basis and 180 ha are panted by small and medium scale farmers.
Kleynhans has been in charge of Sikondo for the past five and a half years after Agribusdev sourced him from South Africa where he worked for a company that produces fresh crops for Pick n Pay.
At the event, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Percy Misika said only 14 years are remaining for the countrys leaders to ensure that Vision 2030 is realised.
According to Misika it seems like the goals of a country free from hunger, poverty and malnutrition is nowhere near being realised.
The statement says urban migration, which increases the demand for food is happening on a major scale with approximately 67 per cent of the population expected to live in cities by 2041.
To achieve food security, Government has implemented irrigation projects like Sikondo, Ndonga Linlena, Uvungu-Vungu, Shadikongoro as well as others at the Orange River.
By locating these green schemes in the rural areas the living standards of people could be enhanced and subsequently have migration to urban areas minimised, Misika said.
The statement further says Government plans to expand the current 11 500 ha under irrigation countrywide to 27 000 ha by 2030.
This includes the planned 5 000 ha at the Neckartal Dam and support of small-scale farmers through the Harambee Comprehensively Coordinated and Integrated Agricultural Development Programme.