Farming, Business Community Dialogue With Prime Minister

The repair of the eastern national water carrier which is in a very dilapidated condition, the high tariffs of electricity supply especially for irrigation as well as the service of the public sector were among the pertinent and pressing matters to the farming and business community which they brought to the attention of Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob, recently.

The Prime Minister was assisted in this regard by the Minister of Lands and Resettlement,, Alpheus !Naruseb, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein and the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa.

President of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), Derek Wright also pointed out to the Prime Minister that poor planning with the implementation of certain strategies with reference to the Small Stock Marketing Scheme could lead to big losses for the producers. He furthermore encouraged the Prime Minister to create a conducive environment for the agricultural sector so that the aims of the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030 could be reached where it is expected that the agricultural sector grows with at least four percent annually. Here he mainly referred to surety of land ownership and requested a National Strategy to fight intruder bush.

Wright again committed the NAU to partnership with the government in the execution of its Agricultural Policy and referred to the implementation of the National Rangeland Strategy, which soon will be started by the NAU with financial assistance of the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Agriculture.

From the side of the business sector Sven Thieme DESIGNATION??? of the Ohltaver amp List Group proposed that a “proud Namibian” campaign should be launched.

Those who attended the dialogue were of the opinion that it was successful and the Prime Minister indicated that more such opportunities for consultation with the private sector should be held. The dialogue was concluded with a breakfast.

Source : New Era