Agriculture Ministry urged to identify food insecure communities

07 Feb 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to identify areas affected by poor agricultural production due to lack of rainfall.
Briefing the media on Cabinet resolutions here Thursday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa said the ministry in collaboration with regional councillors should identify all categories of food insecure communities in order to get assistance from the government.
Further, the councillors should identify boreholes that need to be repaired and installed, as well possible areas that need water tanks.
Simataa urged those that have access to water to use it sparingly and not wait for municipalities to request people to save water.
“Cabinet further directed the ministry to advise farmers affected by poor grazing conditions to take the necessary precautionary measures,” he said.
Simataa said farmers should not only react when affected already, but should be proactive and take necessary precautions before and these measures include among others destocking and culling while livestock are in good condition.
Cabinet further directed the ministry to ensure timely and sufficient allocation of production inputs and expedite the repair of Government tractors in order to enhance productivity in the crop growing regions during crop season.
“We do not want any single life to be lost because of drought, we want to assist the farmers to be able to sustain the agricultural production activities until the next rainy season,” he said.