Agribank should engage farmers more often: Amutenya

17 Jul 2019 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – An advisor of the Olushandja Farmers Association, Paulus Amutenya, said Agribank should visit farmers more often to properly acquaint themselves with the situation of farmers instead of calling only when they are in arrears.
Amutenya was quoted in a media statement issued by the bank’s Marketing and Communication Manager, Rino Muranda on Tuesday.
He said the bank should visit farmers every now and then to see for themselves the harsh reality on the ground to understand farmers’ needs, because the only time they get in contact with their clients is when they are looking for what is owed to them to fill up their loan books.
“I want the bank to visit us more often and be close to your clients so you can understand our needs and challenges instead of only contacting us when we fall behind with our payments,” appealed Amutenya.
Olushandja Farmers Association chairperson, Sylvanus Nauyango said stakeholders should start to treat agriculture as the backbone of food security as it has the potential to create employment for the masses.
“If various stakeholders understand the importance of supporting small-scale farmers, it will create a critical mass of produce that can ensure food security and employment creation in the country. Here at Olushandja, we work together as a group and help each other to grow and become better producers,” noted Nauyango.
The bank engaged with several farmers in the northern regions from last week Monday up to Friday to familiarise itself with the situation of its clients and potential clients on how they are dealing and coping with the drought.
It was also part of the annual stakeholder engagement strategy, the statement said.
Olushandja is situated at Epalela village in the Omusati Region.