IREMA hosts inception workshop in Opuwo

The IREMA (Improving rangeland and ecosystem management) held a two day inception workshop in Opuwo on the 29th and 30th October.

The IREMA project was officially launched on 14 June 2019 by Minister of Environment and Tourism at Warmquelle in Kunene Region to assist smallholder farmers under conditions of climate change in Fransfontein, Sesfontein, and Warmquelle areas in Kunene region. The project is aimed to address measures to mitigate climate change through crop productions for food security, improve livelihood of the people, fodder production and building resilience of the communities to adapt to the negative impact of the of climate drought.

Speaking at the Inception workshop, Executive Director of the Ministry of Agriculture Water and forestry, Percy Misika said that the government efforts in coming up with IREMA Kunene project shows that the government is serious with building the resilience to climate change among farmers in Namibia. He further said that the project is expected to transform the livelihood of the people of the Kunene Region with Fransfontein, Sesfontein, and Warmquelle as the main targeted areas of implementation.

The project further aims at implementing climate proofed mechanism that will support at least a combined; 50 hectares of drip irrigation systems in the Region, rehabilitation of at least 80 000 hectares of rangeland through supporting appropriate ecosystem management plans at local levels that will improve grazing areas added Misika.

Misika noted that more than 40 000 direct and indirect beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the project, which is 57 percent of the total population of Kunene region and 50 percent of which will be women.

The IREMA National Project manager, Mirjam Ndahafa Kaholongo, added that the Steering committee will meet with the regional Councillors and traditional authorities later this month to identify the 660 farmers per constituency to receive seeds and other 330 who will be provided with drip irrigation systems.

A total amount of N Dollar 1.3 billion was injected into the project by the Global Climate Fund through the Environment Investment Fund and all the money is expected to be spend before 03 March 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency