NNFU urges farmers in Kunene to join unions

23 Feb 2018 13:10pm
OPUWO, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – Farmers in the Kunene Region should join unions as the associations help to advance their interests.
President of the Ngatuuane Farmers’ Union and Namibia National Farmers’ Union (NNFU) treasurer, Amon Mutjiuee Kapi said this in an interview with Nampa on Thursday.
The unions are aware of all challenges farmers face and are always looking into how such challenges can be tackled, he said.
He was speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of a meeting held by the NNFU with local farmers.
Kapi urged the regional leadership to inform the farmers in their respective areas to register with unions for their own benefit.
Former Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga told this news agency most farmers in Kunene are not registered with unions because of a lack of information and education.
He also said the NNFU and Ngatuuane Farmers’ Union do not reach out to farmers in remote areas, especially those behind the red line - a pest exclusion fence separating northern Namibia from the central and southern parts of the country.
“President Hage Geingob has said no one should feel left behind, but farmers in the Kunene Region appear to have been left behind,” said Herunga.
The NNFU is a national federation of regional farmers’ unions. It was established in June 1992 to serve as a mouthpiece for Namibian communal and emerging farmers.
Nationally, 130 farmers’ organisations with a membership of more than 35 000 individual farmers are affiliated to the NNFU.