Namibia, China and FAO sign two-year agricultural cooperation agreement

WINDHOEK: Namibia, China and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) yesterday signed a two-year agricultural cooperation agreement.

The N.dollars 160 million (U$D1.5 million) agreement is aimed at enhancing agricultural production, and improving the food and nutrition security situation in Namibia.

Namibia’s Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang and FAO Resident Representative to Namibia Dr Babagana Ahmadu signed the agreement at the ministry’s head office in the capital.

Mutorwa remarked before the signing that it is important to point out that for this agreement to achieve the intended objectives, it is crucial that the three of them, as political leaders, direct the relevant officials in our respective institutions to develop a mechanism that will fast-track and ensure the practical implementation of this agreement on the ground.

He said the implementation of the tripartite agreement will not only contribute to the development of the agricultural sector in Namibia, but also improve Namibia’s capacity to contribute towards the achievement of regional, continental and global goals in the field of agriculture.

The minister noted that it is, therefore, imperative for Namibia to embrace the opportunity that is presented by this agreement by ensuring that it is promptly and effectively implemented.