12 Jan 2018 15:00pm
RUNDU, 12 JAN (NAMPA) The Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) is concerned about low agricultural production, productivity, and agro-processing as agriculture remains the engine of the Namibian economy.
NNFU Executive Director, Mwilima Mushokobanji said this at Rundu during the unions farmer information sessions held between Wednesday and Friday.
He said compelling evidence shows that by 2030 the global population would increase to around nine billion. Currently, this figure stands at around seven billion.
Research, he said, shows that the extra two billion mouths to feed would be residents within the developing world, with Namibia included.
Another concern the farmers have is that of climate change.
According to Mushokobanji, even though Africa contributes less towards climate change, the continent would be affected the most.
Many farmers are calling me all over the country worried about what is happening to the rain. This is not something surprising as already in 1997, scientific research showed that countries, especially the developing ones, should expect a lot of droughts, he said.
This would be coupled by a lot of floods.
We saw so much flood happening in Malawi, South Africa and some parts of the world which destabilised food and nutritional security.
There will also be changes in terms of climate variabilities, meaning there would be changes in rainfall patterns.
So if the rain in the past used to start for instance in October or November, this could shift due to climate change. Thus rain could probably start in January or February. It is important that in the country, we strengthen our early warning systems, Mushokobanji stressed.
Farmers should also be given timely and accurate information in order for them to plan accordingly.
The event was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, together with his Permanent Secretary, Percy Misika as well as the Governor of the Kavango East Region, Samuel Mbambo.