PRESIDENT ASSURES NAMIBIANS OF PLOUGHING SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO LIVE ON THE LAND

President Hage Geingob has assured Namibians that while the Food Bank Programme may only be workable in towns and cities, plans are underway to provide ploughing services to people who depend on land.

The Head of State made this announcement at a reception held by his office here Sunday in honour of and in recognition of the Food Bank Street Committee members at State House.

The street committees register and distribute food to communities in seven of the 10 constituencies in the Khomas Region, who would otherwise have nothing to eat.

Geingob said the ploughing services the government envisions offering to people in rural areas will also include seeds. He stressed that although the food bank can create dependency, Government will not give up on fighting poverty.

"Although Namibia is a peaceful country and with everything, poverty is still a factor and if it is a dream to eradicate poverty then I will dream it until a solution is found," he said.

"As a country with resources and a smaller population, we are not saying everyone is going to save a million (Namibian) dollars in their pockets and so on or luxury buildings like these. No, we are saying decent shelter and food at least to eat; that we must fight for and we will achieve it."

Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta said since the start of the Food Bank Programme in May this year, more than 22,000 households had been registered by the street committees to feed more than 122,000 beneficiaries.

There are over 200 street committee members operating in the Khomas Region. The government plans to possibly expand the programme to all 14 regions (provinces) of the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.