Neckertal Green Scheme bidding advert delayed – Uugwanga

Agriculture Business Development Agency (AgriBusDev) Managing Director (MD) said the bidding documents for the Neckertal Green Scheme was not cleared on time and thus it was advertise on time.

Last week AgriBusDev announced that the bidding documents will be available as from the 13 September this year.

It further revealed that Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), together with AgriBusDev, will engaged in the development of the Neckertal green scheme, which will be done through Public Private Partnership on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday AgriBusDev MD, Petrus Uugwanga said that all relevant stakeholders did not clear the bidding documents adding that the documents will be made available in the course of the month of September.

The principal or the stakeholders did not clear the documents on time so we hope they do it soon, we are confident that we will advertise it in during this month, said Uugwanga.

The MD stressed that government has to start getting its return on the money that was invested in dam noting that this returns can be in form of return on investment, employment and the uplifting of the local and regional economy.

Neckartal Dam located in the Berseba Constituency in the ||Kharas region is set to provide water to the irrigation scheme and has cost the Namibian government over N.dollars 5.7 billion.

Sources close to the process of the bidding documents said the bidding documents were put on hold after the business community from the ||Kharas region wrote a letter to the MAWF condemning the approach of the government on irrigation scheme and they called that the process be stopped and the ministry consult the local community.

They argue that the process will only benefit big investors and the small and medium enterprises will be left out adding that the local community will not benefit at all.

However Uugwanga denied this saying that the project is a national project and only for the region as it will be affecting the whole nation.

The project is not only for one region but is for the whole nation, yes we will take into consideration the concerns from the people of the region, but indeed it was because of the concerns that the bidding documents were not advertise. The reason why last week we were there in Keetmanshoop is to consult the local community, he stressed.

Source: Namibia Press Agency