The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) on Thursday handed over 13 allotment letters to 13 resettled farmers.The farmers were resettled on 13 farming units on six farms situated in the Omaheke, Hardap, Khomas, ||Kharas and Otjozondup…
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) on Thursday handed over 13 allotment letters to 13 resettled farmers.
The farmers were resettled on 13 farming units on six farms situated in the Omaheke, Hardap, Khomas, ||Kharas and Otjozondupa regions respectively.
They became part of 5 385 farmers that have benefited from the resettlement programme of the ministry since its inception.
The programme was introduced with an objective for resettled farmers to be productive to the extent of being self-sufficient, contributing to food security, alleviating poverty, creating employment and ultimately contributing to the country’s gross domestic product.
Prior to the handing over of allotment letters, the farmers attended a week-long pre-settlement training conducted by officials from the MAWLR together with Agribank, during which they were introduced to various farming disciplines including farmer infrastructure maintenance, livestock and game maintenance, rangeland management, basic broiler, layer and dual purpose production as well as vegetable establishment, management and marketing.
Speaking during the ceremony Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Anna Shiweda said the selection process of the farmers was thoroughly carried out and beneficiaries were carefully selected.
She went on to say, farmers that were selected should consider themselves fortunate and work with great commitment and resilience to be productive.
Shiweda further mentioned that MAWLR is also assisting the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs to identify farms for war veterans’ resettlement under their war veteran programme, noting as a result two farms were identified in the Otjozondjupa Region and three veterans were resettled.
On his part, Omaheke Governor Pijoo Nganate said the resettlement programme is a clear demonstration of commitment towards the inclusive and progressive land reform programme of Namibia.
He urged resettled farmers to use their farming units optimally and to diversify their farming activities, adding that their competencies contribute to the attainment of the county’s Vision 2030 and Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Nganate pleaded with the selected farmers to make the most with the farming units allocated to them, adding that they should not take farming as a hobby but rather look at it from a business perspective if they are to be productive and self-sufficient as they are required to be.
“Farming requires commitment and personal sacrifices in order to ensure that tangible development take place,” he said.
The governor also discouraged the farmers from leasing out their farming units, stating that this is an issue that his region is constantly battling.
“I hope as resettled farmers, you will add value to the efforts of government,” said Nganate.
Source: Namibia Press Agency