Bumper maize harvest expected at Shadikongoro this year

07 May 2019 17:50pm
RUNDU, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – About 35 000 tonnes of maize will be harvested at the Shadikongoro Irrigation Project in the Kavango East Region by the end of June this year, Project Manager Danie Marais has said.
He was speaking to Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev) Managing Director, Petrus Uugwanga, Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) Chairperson Michael Iyambo and NAB Chief Executive Officer , Fidelis Mwazi who were touring the farm on Monday.
Marais said the maize will be harvested on both commercial and small-scale farmers’ fields.
The Shadikongoro Irrigation Farm is situated in the Mukwe Constituency on 390 hectares (ha) of land, of which 90 ha is farmed by small-scale farmers, while the remaining 300 ha is for commercial farmers.
Marais said they envisioned planting maize on all 300 hectares, but only managed to cover 270 ha as some of their equipment broke at a critical time in the planting season.
The Shadikongoro Irrigation Project is one of the government’s most productive farms under AgriBusDev, the agency given the mandate to manage and supervise the green schemes in Namibia on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to ensure that adequate food is produced for local consumption.
Uugwanga said their visit was aimed at assess production on the land since the funds used were obtained from NAB, which gave AgriBusDev about N.dollars 10 million as a guarantee to procure production input for the Shadikongoro, Ndonga Linena, Uvungu-Vungu, Mashare, Sikondo and Etunda green schemes.
“It is part of accountability as you know the main thing this year is accountability, so we have to account for the resources given to us. In our own opinion, we have done what we could reasonably do. So far we are above the minimum that we planned to achieve,” he said.
The team is touring all government green schemes that benefited from the agreement and they are expected to visit Uvhungu-Vhungu and Sikondo on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, they will proceed to Musese in the Kavango West Region. Their last stop will be Etunda in the Omusati Region.