Mahangu seeds ready for distribution

15 Nov 2013 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – Sixty-nine tonnes of pearl millet seeds processed and packaged at the Omahenene Research Station in the Omusati Region for drought relief purposes are now ready for distribution to farmers in crop-producing regions.
Responding to questions from the opposition on the current situation of mahangu seed distribution in the country in Parliament on Thursday, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Lempy Lucas said MAWF will make another 140 tonnes of pearl millet seeds available for distribution.
which will be ready for distribution to farmers in crop-producing regions within the next two weeks.
She added that the Agriculture Ministry has also put 100 hectares (ha) under off-season cultivation, where an amount of over 100 tonnes of quality seed is expected, saying this consignment will be available by the end of November 2013.
“MAWF wishes to provide enough seeds for three hectares per household, which we consider to be of good impact per household if good climatic conditions prevail,” she said.
Lukas made it clear that the amount of seeds for drought relief will be distributed for free to only subsistence farmers and to agricultural projects such as Government’s Green Schemes.
She stressed that the seed stock is managed by the Omahenene Research Station, which has a silo with a capacity of 290 tonnes.
“Pearl millet is the only crop which is managed by this research station and efforts are underway to set up another seed silo in other regions which will accommodate other crops,” the Agriculture Deputy Minister stated.