Kavango East farmers urged to be part of farmers market

Small Scale Farmers in the Kavango East Region urged to take the opportunity to come market and sell their agricultural produce at the Farmers Market formerly known as Food Namibia Trade Expo.

The Farmers Market is scheduled to take place from 10 to 12 October under the theme Climate-smart agricultural systems as a drought mitigation strategy to sustainable rural livelihoods in Namibia.

The event is being organized by Food Namibia, a public-private partnership initiative that brings major stakeholders in government and food producers under one umbrella.

Speaking to Nampa recently, Food Namibia's Director, Manfried Likoro said Famers Market is aimed at providing a unique opportunity for consumers to meet the producers who produce the food they consume as well for the farmers to market and sell their products.

He said the event is also a way for small-scale farmers to market and sell their locally grown food as an approach towards sustainable agriculture because locally grown food uses few resources.

We want to bring to bring local farmers and different stakeholders involved in the food production sector to create a physical market place where they will position themselves to support Government's calls to alleviate hunger and poverty, said Likoro.

The Director of the organization thus urged small-scale farmers, especially those at constituency levels to take the opportunity and take part at the Farmers Market to get the first-hand experience of interacting with different customers and stakeholders in the sector.

Asked why the organization changed the name of the event, Likoro said they decided to rename the event because food expo was mainly understood as an event to showcase and exhibit products, but with the farmers market is to provide the farmers a chance to market and at the same time market their products.

What we really want to install into the farmers 'minds is that this is a market place where they'll need to come and sell their products and not to exhibit as in the past because food expo was understood in that way. Here the farmers will be provided with the opportunity to sell and make money from their surplus, Likoro said.

The event will also offer workshops to farmers on financial literacy and different issues in agriculture ranging from value addition, marketing, and climate-smart agricultural systems to be partly offered by the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program under the United Nations (UN).