Farmers, don't give up

29 May 2019 | Agriculture

Kavango East regional governor Samuel Mbambo has urged subsistence farmers not to give up on their fields because of this year's poor rainfall, which has left thousands of families with little or no harvest.

Mbambo describes the current situation as dire, saying that many families are finding it hard to make ends meet.

The two Kavango regions, which are mainly rural, are among the poorest regions in the country and most people there depend on their crops for survival.

The Kavango regions have the potential to be the food basket of the country because of good soil and reliable water supply from the Okavango River.

Kavango East is also known for the Operation Werengendje initiative, which promotes food production for own consumption and for sale.

Operation Werengendje encourages people to start with kitchen gardens in their backyards and eventually produce on a large scale.

“We thought we would get rain and now the rain did not come. But we [in charge of] Operation Werengendje are not discouraged,” Mbambo says.

“Now that the government is intervening to make sure that people do not die of hunger, I also want to encourage people to start clearing their mahangu fields for the next season.

"They should not be discouraged; we don't know what is next. Operation Werengendje is here to stay.”

When asked about the investment in Operation Werengendje, Mbambo said all constituencies in Kavango East received funds to help farmers plough their fields, but unfortunately poor rainfall meant that this money was invested in vain. He said the remaining funds for Operation Werengendje would be used for next year's programme.

“We used the funds to plough but unfortunately it's a crop failure but you cannot reverse the money that you have invested in mahangu fields. We will keep what is left for the next season,” Mbambo said.

The governor said the programme intended to incorporate horticulture on the banks of the Okavango River. “In the long run we would like to see [the focus of] Operation Werengendje moving from grain production to horticulture and planting of fruit trees,” Mbambo said. He said the N$1.4 billion Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed System Improvement Project (Namsip) would make a significant contribution to the country's food security.

The specific objectives of Namsip are to enhance agricultural productivity in order to reduce food imports, create jobs and enhance household incomes, which would improve the lives of rural people.



KENYA KAMBOWE

Similar News

 

Breeding pure

2 months ago - 28 August 2019 | Agriculture

With poultry farming become a lucrative business, especially in drought-stricken areas of northern Namibia, well-known chicken breeder, Ranch Koiimasis, is advising farmers to consider mixing...

Passionate about agriculture

2 months ago - 28 August 2019 | Agriculture

Former security guard Victor Kasinda says he gets much more job satisfaction from his current job as caretaker at an irrigation project near Rundu.Kasinda (57)...

Demand for chickens outstrips supply

5 months ago - 29 May 2019 | Agriculture

KENYA KAMBOWEA poultry farm at a government-owned agriculture centre in the Mashare Constituency of the Kavango East Region is doing well. In an interview with...

Aim for a bumper harvest

11 months ago - 28 November 2018 | Agriculture

As the rainy season is fast approaching, the governor of the Kavango East Region, Samuel Mbambo, has called upon farmers to start ploughing their fields...

Taku lalakanenwa eteyo ewanawa moKavango East

11 months ago - 28 November 2018 | Agriculture

Pethimbo mpoka oshikako shomuloka tashi tameke ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKavango East Samuel Mbambo, okwa pula aanamapya ya tameke okupulula omapya gawo na okwe ya tsu omukumo...

Akapandi shows the way

1 year - 25 July 2018 | Agriculture

Businessman John Akapandi Endjala of the J&P Group has turned his 10-hectare mahangu field at his homestead at Okapya village into an orchard to supply...

Akapandi a gandja oshiholelwa oshiwanawa

1 year - 25 July 2018 | Agriculture

Momvula yo2015 omunageshefa John Akapandi Endjala okwa lundulula epya lye lyomahangu no ku li ninga oshikunino shiiyimati, moka a kunu omiti dhomamengo dhi Ii 700,...

Bumper mahangu harvest for female farmer

1 year - 27 June 2018 | Agriculture

After investing much of her time and money in her farm at Oupili village in the Ohangwena Region, Anna-Nora Lameck (61) has achieved her goal...

Ogongo expects a bumper rice harvest

1 year - 27 June 2018 | Agriculture

The University of Namibia's (Unam) Ogongo Campus in the Omusati Region plans to host its annual rice harvest festival tomorrow.The festival is aimed at familiarising...

Animal feed from cardboard boxes

2 years ago - 25 October 2017 | Agriculture

A food technologist conducting a study on manufacturing animal feed from discarded cardboard boxes says the study is in its final stage and is showing...

Latest News

Oukwanyama certifies headmen

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA) has certified 14 village heads who were operating without certificates of appointment.The traditional authority also appointed the former Namibian high...

Conservancy wants illegal campsite removed

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The Epupa Communal Conservancy has approached the High Court to stop the development of a campsite which it claims will prevent tourists from reaching Epupa...

Ongwediva Medipark brings services closer

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

While the government is failing to construct adequate health facilities in the Kavango West Region to respond to the access to health needs of the...

Farmers schooled on cattle care

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The Northwest Division chief veterinarian, Dr Kennedy Shoombe, has urged northern livestock farmers to take good care of their cattle in order to make sure...

No retreat, no surrender

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The committee established by the Hambukushu tribe, which wants Fumu (Chief) Erwin Munika Mbambo to relinquish power, say they have not given up and want...

Horticulture the way to go

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

A pensioner from Bagani village in the Kavango East Region has called on people living along the Okavango River to make use of the river...

Ondangwa falls in love with...

1 week ago - 30 October 2019 | Sports

A 37-year-old Ondangwa taxi driver, Johannes Kweyo, says there is nothing more fun and relaxing than the go-kart racing he has been enjoying for the...

Pensions spent on paying water...

1 month - 25 September 2019 | Local News

Ewi lyaNooli has learnt that pensioners living on their own at Ncamagoro village in the Kavango West Region use part of their monthly pensions to...

Ndonga Linena water woes continue

1 month - 25 September 2019 | Local News

Ndonga Linena constituency councillor Petrus Kavhura says villagers are still drinking contaminated water despite numerous attempts by his office to solve the problem.Earlier this year...

Load More