Regional manager of the Rundu Fresh Produce hub, calls the Government to source produce from farmers within their regions

The acting regional manager of the Rundu Fresh Produce hub, GervasiusThikusho, is calling on the government to issue a directive compelling public institutions in regions to source produce from farmers within their regions.

The institutions that are within the region must source local. This is the only way to empower farmers in order to eradicate poverty, he told Nampa in an interview Thursday.

Thikusho said he does not have a problem with the procurement directive the Ministry of Finance issued in May, where the government asked public entities to source specific categories of goods and services and works produced and manufactured locally before procuring these elsewhere.

Minister of Finance CalleSchlettwein announced that the directive was a measure to enable local participation in the economy and enhance domestic productive capacity within the framework of the Procurement Act (Act No. 15 of 2015).

The directive extends procurement reservation to 100 per cent Namibian-owned SMEs and entities which are 51 per cent or more equity-owned by Namibian citizens.

Source: Namibia Press Agency