Aim for a bumper harvest

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 and encouraged them to aim for a bumper harvest.

Known for his initiative 'Operation Werengendje' Mbambo this month told Ewi lyaNooli that the time for farmers to prepare their fields has arrived and that they should make use of the opportunity.

Kavango East for the past few weeks has been receiving rain and this is normally an indication for subsistence farmers to begin to prepare and plough their crop fields.

Operation Werengendje was launched in 2016 and is aimed at assisting and inspiring the residents of the Kavango East Region to produce food in order to sustain themselves and promote food security in the region.

The two Kavango regions are said to be amongst the regions most affected by poverty in the country, but Mbambo believes that people from his region, especially the farmers, have the opportunity to drive the food security of the country through producing surplus food which can be consumed by all Namibians.

Mbambo therefore called on the farmers to plough their fields and aim to produce a bumper harvest in order to generate good income on top of enough food.

“Indeed, the time has arrived for people to prepare their fields - especially our crop farmers. With Operation Werengedje we would like to have people who are working to produce their own food, even more than they can consume so that maybe they sell it and generate an income,” Mbambo said.

Meanwhile, when asked about the progress of Operation Werengendje since its launch, Mbambo said it is a work in progress but success has been achieved to a great extent.

The governor said that the funds they received from the Fishcor and Namsov fishing companies was used to assist the farmers in the region through their constituencies.

Making reference to the past harvest season, Mbambo said that each of the six constituencies in Kavango East received N$100 000 from the funds which was used to assist the farmers.

Mbambo said that the farmers, after harvesting, managed to sell mahangu worth N$1.7 million to the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA).

“This means that the input was N$600 000 and the output was N$1.7 million… now you can see how successful Operation Werengendje is. Some of the people are still selling to AMTA,” Mbambo explained.

The governor also used the opportunity to call on all stakeholders to assist the farmers in order to enhance overall food security in the region.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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