Farm workers at risk of layoffs: Mungunda

14 May 2019 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – Social Security Commission (SSC) Chief Executive Officer Milka Mungunda said the drought situation in the country is putting farm workers at risk of losing their jobs, which would worsen the already high unemployment rate.
Mungunda said this at the SSC headquarters in Windhoek on Tuesday, where she handed over a cheque of N.dollars 400 000 to the Dare to Care initiative through the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation.
Mungunda said the SSC wants to live up to its mandate of meeting the government halfway by looking after workers’ welfare, thus find it fit to donate funds towards drought relief to help farmers save their livestock while at the same time saving the jobs of farm workers.
She said if farmers are not producing anything, then workers will be retrenched and worsen the already high unemployment rate in the country.
“The drought situation is affecting everyone whether you are a farmer or not, and it is affecting us at the Social Security Commission as well, because farmer workers are our members,” added Mungunda.
She called on everyone to contribute by donating anything they have towards the Dare to Care initiative and help farmers that are affected by the drought.
“Come through with the little you have, you don’t have to be a millionaire to contribute as anything will be appreciated. This donation is not a lot even though it will make a difference, it is almost like a drop in the ocean,” emphasised Mungunda.
Deputy Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Tommy Nambahu said he was at the village recently and spoke to elders aged in their 80s and 90s who say they have never experienced a drought like this before.
He said this year’s drought is regarded as the worst in the history of the country as only a few areas in the country have received average rainfall and some did not receive any drop at all.
“This means workers in the agriculture sector, which is the primary industry of the domestic economy with a large number of workers are consequently at risk of losing their jobs,” said Nambahu.
Dare to Care is an initiative of the Agricultural Union of Namibia and the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union aimed at soliciting donations to assist farmers acquire livestock feed.