Kavango regions 'sleeping giants': Hangula

09 May 2014 08:50am
RUNDU, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - The Kavango East and West regions are sleeping giants in terms of their potential to become the country’s breadbasket.
This was the view of the University of Namibia (Unam)’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula during the graduation of 72 students at Unam’s Rundu campus on Thursday.
He said the Kavango regions could become the granaries of Namibia as the town of Rundu has a lot of surface and underground water, which is under-utilised.
“We need to tap into these resources to maximise crop production in the two regions,” said the Unam Vice-Chancellor.
With the expertise which Unam has, especially in its Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as in the Department of Geology, Namibia can produce her own fresh vegetables, more mahangu and many other crops.
Hangula further stated that Government has adopted a resolution on long-term solutions to unemployment and poverty eradication by establishing viable national projects in agriculture, freshwater aquaculture, capacity-building, manufacturing and tourism.
Through that resolution, Unam was requested to play a pivotal role in addressing unemployment, poverty, food insecurity and the skills’ deficit.
In that regard, a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the identified projects is expected to be signed in due course between the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Unam.
Hangula noted that he would like the experts of the university to assist the two Kavango regions in intensifying irrigation, and transform the regions into a green belt. He also proposed the need to set up a Greenhouse, if necessary.
Unam has proven through rice research in oshanas and its showcasing at Kalimbeza in the Zambezi Region - where rice is grown - that the seemingly impossible is in fact possible.
A total of 72 students received their qualifications in different fields ranging from education, economic and management sciences to nursing and public health.