Food security outlook stable: Agriculture report

18 Feb 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) – Household food security remained satisfactory in most regions of the country, following good improvements in agricultural production recorded in the last two seasons.
This is according to the latest Crop Prospect Report of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF).
The MAWF assessed the seven northern communal major crop producing regions late last year to determine the overall agricultural inputs situation at household and regional levels and to find out the extent to which farmers are prepared for the 2018/2019 cropping season.
The report availed to the media on Monday, states that the majority of households in major crop producing regions are dependent on their harvests for food.
It notes that households interviewed in these regions indicated that they still have sufficient production, which is expected to sustain them until the next harvest in May 2019.
Many of the pearl millet and maize producers were also able to sell their surplus grains to commercial millers, particularly Namib Mills.
Flood conditions in the Zambezi Region’s Kabbe North, Kabbe South and partly Katima Rural constituencies resulted in poor crop harvest, while drought in Linyanti and partly Katima Rural also impacted the harvest.
Crop production in the Ncamangoro, Ncuncuni, Mankupi and Kapako constituencies in the Kavango West Region also showed reduced harvest when compared to the 2016/2017 cropping season, the report notes.
For the areas affected by food insecurity, the various regional councils and traditional leaders were called on to continue monitoring the situation and respond accordingly.
The MAWF also reiterated the call on farmers in drought affected areas to take the relevant precautionary measures, such as de-stocking and culling, to avoid further loss of their livestock amid weak rain prospects.