Green Schemes key to ensuring food security

Windhoek: The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), John Mutorwa is reminding the agricultural sector that all role-players and stakeholders have a collective duty to drive Namibia towards food security and to contribute to the domestic economy.

His reminder comes as a bleak picture is unfolding in the crop production industry after it was announced that the country will have to import 210 000 tonnes of cereals this season to free the people from the poverty trap.

He says the country has a collective responsibility to continue to drive the Green Scheme Programme with a sense of urgency. “Through various Green Scheme initiatives, we can significantly drive the country towards food security and we can contribute to the stabilisation of the domestic economy. I would like to implore all stakeholders and shareholders not to rest until the current trend of importing staple food is substantially reversed,” he notes.

Muorwa says the support the ministry has been receiving from stakeholders, particularly from traditional authorities who continue to avail land for development, “make us believe that together we can”. He further said that through the structural framework provided by the Green Scheme Implementation manual, and with the support of Agribusdev, Agricultural Marketing Agency (AMA) and all role-players, the nation must join hands in driving the green revolution for national food security.

“With concerted efforts we can liberate the country from hunger and abject poverty,” he said.

The objectives of the Green Scheme Programme are to increase agricultural production and the sector’s contribution to GDP, to promote investment in food production and agro-industries, to mobilise private and public capital for investment in agriculture, and to diversify agricultural production and products for the domestic and export markets.

The programme also aims to promote research and adaption of technology to increase productivity and to promote value-addition and job-creation, as well as to promote skills development and transfer of technology.