Etaka should be developed for north-central regions: Shiweda

OSHAKATI: The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says the Etaka canal in the Omusati Region should be developed into a source of water for the north-central regions.

Anna Shiweda said this at Oshakati on Thursday during her familiarisation visit to the north-central regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.

Shiweda noted that the canal, situated in the west of the Omusati Region, is a potential water source which is not fully utilised.

The canal used to provide water to the northern regions, especially Omusati and Oshana, and supplied water for animal consumption during drought situations.

It is a catchment area of the water flow from the Calueque dam in southern Angola. Several small-scale farmers along the Etaka canal use it as their main source of water for their agricultural production.

Shiweda believes water from Etaka can be used to intensify agriculture production in the area once its water supply is improved.

Although Etaka is still used as a source of water, farmers who use it for agricultural production have recently expressed concern over a reduction in the flow of water in the canal over the past three years.