Shiimi probes Kavango regions' agricultural potential

07 Nov 2017 13:00pm
RUNDU, 07 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia’s population is projected to increase to about three million by 2030, which translates to about 600 000 more people who need to be fed, Bank of Namibia (BoN) Governor Ipumbu Shiimi has said.
Shiimi asked how these people would be fed, while delivering a public lecture on the agricultural potential of the two Kavango regions at the University of Namibia’s Rundu Campus on Monday.
His lecture was titled ‘Attaining the vision of a breadbasket: the untapped potential of the Kavango regions’.
“Our main purpose is to engage with different stakeholders in Kavango East and Kavango West to get a better understanding of the socio-economic developments and what the opportunities and challenges are,” Shiimi explained.
He said the BoN is tasked with undertaking economic research to inform and advise Government, thus it is important to visit regions and talk to those who are in the “engine rooms”.
“When we say we want to have a public lecture, it is not to say we have solutions. We believe institutions of academic learning provide an opportunity for people to debate,” he said.
Shiimi said it was important to create dialogue and agree on how to move forward, particularly in the area of food production.
“Let’s share views and hear from you on what the best way is of making the two Kavango regions the breadbasket of the country,” he said, adding that for Namibia to increase food production, there is a need to go commercial and high tech.
Shiimi said Namibia can use simple machinery that can preserve food and help farmers to get their produce to the market.
The public lecture was amongst others attended by Governor of the Kavango East Region Samuel Mbambo, Rundu Mayor Verna Sinimbo, farmers, UNAM students and representatives of financial institutions and the business community.