Fourth Khomas Resettlement Farmers Day held in Windhoek

03 Nov 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 NOV (NAMPA) - The fourth annual Khomas Resettlement Farmers Day was commemorated at the Khomas Regional Council on Friday.
The event was first introduced in 2014 to bring together all resettled farmers and give them an opportunity to meet and network with agricultural experts and share land-related information and farming ideas.
This year, discussions amongst others focused on legislation and regulation on livestock movement and disease control, policies and regulations for forest management, feedback on evaluation of farming productivity and fire control.
Addressing the farmers, Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua highlighted the importance of sustainable farming and equal land distribution.
“Farmers find it tough to keep their livestock alive and to grow their crops and it is my hope that this platform will empower and equip them with appropriate farming techniques to progress through these tough times,” said the governor.
In her keynote address, Deputy Minister of Land Reform Priscilla Boois said all resettled farmers should seek assistance from the Farmers Support Project, which is administered by the Ministry of Land Reform and various other stakeholders.
She said the project is tailor-made to respond to the needs of all farmers before and after they are resettled.
Also in attendance was Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa, who urged farmers to start adopting smart agricultural practices like keeping records and monitoring progress of farming activities.
Mutorwa further called on all stakeholders in the farming sector to uphold service delivery values and embrace cooperation and collaboration.