More agricultural activities needed for Kavango East: Mliswa-Chikoka

Zimbabwe's Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland West Province, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka says there is a need for more agricultural activities in the Kavango East Region because the region has the ability to become Namibia's breadbasket.

Mliswa-Chikoka said this during a regional tour with her delegation at the country's green schemes and agricultural projects over the weekend.

The delegation which also included the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Namibia Rofina Chikava visited various projects in the region including the Mashare Agricultural Development Institute (MADI) and the Divundu Correctional Facility.

The minister told the regional leadership to encourage more agriculture in the region due to the availability of fertile land in the region noting that there is also a need for the country to move from subsistence farming to commercial farming because there is already land which just requires testing.

I believe that there is a seed for every soil.. we just need to know what to put in the soil and that is why we are encouraging our traditional grain because they are drought resistant and you can plant them anywhere, she said.

The minister advised the MADI which is situated in the Mashare constituency to be transformed into a research centre stressing its importance that once upgraded, agriculture in the region can move to another level.

Furthermore, Mliswa-Chikoka said Kavango East can definitely be the breadbasket of Namibia in which she applauded the initiative of the Salem Cooperative Project at Uvhungu Vhungu village saying it is commendable because women at the grassroots level have been given away to feed their families.

She stressed that the Salem cooperative just needs to be provided wit t a market sell their products since it also adds to employment creation when there is a lot to harvest.

However, she also advised farmers in the region to do away with the disposing of vegetables when they are finished with their harvests because some of the vegetables can be dried and they are ideal in nutrients.

On the green schemes, Mliswa-Chikoka commended the government on the initiative saying that there is a lot to learn from Namibia and it is one the projects she would want Zimbabwe to learn from Namibia.

Source: Namibia Press Agency