23 Jul 2018 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) The Kavango East Region is proving itself to be leading in the food industry by subsidising local small and medium-scale farmers through Operation Werengendje.
This was said by Food Namibia Director, Manfried Likoro at a Food Namibia event in the capital on Monday.
Operation Werengendje is aimed at assisting and inspiring residents of the region to grow their own food to ensure self-sufficiency and food security.
Likoro said through the operation, 850 farmers have been subsidised thus far and more than 2 000 hectares of land have been serviced and provided to the farmers.
Farmers in the Kavango East Region sold mahangu worth N.dollars 1.7 million during Operation Werengendje last year.
Likoro further said Namibia needs to produce enough food to reduce hunger and meet the government halfway.
He stated that their conference and expo that takes place at Rundu from 04 to 08 September 2018 creates a business platform that brings together stakeholders within the farm and food industry to share best practices and ideas to bring about solutions in the Namibian economy.
Major stakeholders from government, the food and agriculture sectors will showcase their work and share best practices, he said.
At the same event, Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo informed private sector businesses of the potential business opportunities that can be found in the region.
Tourism, agriculture and manufacturing are of huge potential in the region and could mean a great developmental step for our economy, he said.
According to the organisers, this years food expo will have about 80 participants comprising producers and farmers who are looking to market themselves for local partnership.
Old Mutual donated N.dollars 300 000 for a period of three years on an annual basis towards Operation Werengendje.
Food Namibia is a public-private partnership initiative striving to bring major stakeholders in government and food producers under one umbrella.