“Growth at Home” adopted

In its efforts to boost value addition to the country’s natural resources, the government has adopted the “Growth at Home” approach that will develop value chains in different sectors of the economy, mainly agriculture, mining and fishing.
Addressing parliament during the 2013 State of the Nation address, president Hifikepunye Pohamba indicated that government aims to reduce the export of livestock on the hoof so that finished meat, leather and related products would be produced locally.
The President outlined the recently inaugurated National Fresh Produce hubs in Rundu and Ongwediva which will act as boosters of local food production. He said the facilities will close the long-standing gap in the local food production value chain by providing a market for local food growers to sell their produce.
“I therefore urge all local food growers to produce more food in order to feed the nation, create more jobs and improve the profitability of their farming operations. We want to see more local produce on the shelves of local supermarkets and on more local lunch and dinner tables,” the President highlighted.