06 Sep 2019 18:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 SEP (NAMPA) It is not justifiable that poverty, food security, unemployment and economic development cannot be addressed in a region such as the ||Kharas Region, which is rich in natural resources, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has said.
Alpheus !Naruseb made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf here on Thursday during the Keetmanshoop Municipality business seminar.
The seminar, which was held under the theme Unlocking new opportunities through smart partnerships, took place alongside the 2019 Keetmanshoop Agriculture, Industrial and Tourism Expo which started Tuesday and ends Saturday.
The minister said ||Kharas is one of Namibias regions endowed with an abundance of natural resources ranging from minerals, fisheries and marine resources, wind, sunshine and beautiful sceneries.
This region has great potential for tourism because of its landscapes and historical places which attract international tourists. We are aware that it has agricultural resources which make it possible for Namibia to produce high value crops and to export high quality sheep, goats, grapes and dates, earning foreign exchange for our country, he added.
He strongly encouraged those attending the seminar to identify not only new opportunities, but also for them to address what has been hampering development in the region.
!Naruseb noted that for successful development of the regions economy, earmarked smart partnerships should be guided by the comparative advantages of the region in terms of resources.
This requires us to identify those resources and the opportunities they present and develop those resources to the maximum through innovation and targeted investment driven by smart partnership, said !Naruseb.
In a speech also delivered on her behalf, Keetmanshoop Deputy Mayor Hilia Titus said Keetmanshoop has no shortage of land, adding it currently has more than 30 000 hectares of unproclaimed urban land, which is mostly being used for grazing livestock based on three-year lease agreements.
She added that the municipality is not deriving a lot of benefit from this type of land use and will consider town expansion as the need arises.
Titus encouraged serious investors to come forward and present their proposals so that they join hands with the municipality and deliver smart projects that can grow the economy and create jobs.