African Development Bank lauds Nam for efforts in agriculture research

 African Development Bank lauds Nam for efforts in agriculture research

African Development Bank lauds Nam for efforts in agriculture research.

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Windhoek-The African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Namibia and World Food Programme has showered praises on  Namibia for efforts made in  agriculture research following the country’s successful implementation of a seed production and development research station in the country’s northern regions.

Namibia relies heavily on Agriculture as one of its key contributors to the Gross Domestic Product and is by far the largest employer in the country that has been struggling to find a solution to persistent economic challenges.

Following a visit to Namibia’s Omahenene research station in northern Namibia, a delegation led by the Namibia Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP), AfDB, and WFP said Namibian was making steady progress towards production of its own seeds as well as output in agriculture despite the continued impact of natural calamities.

Part of the visit by the developmental partners was to assess possibilities of increasing the capacity of the Omahenene Research Station/Seed Processing plant to cater for Quality Seed Producers registered last year with the Ministry through NAMSIP and also to assess the implementation of the NAMSIP project with specific focus on challenges and success.

Ministry of Agriculture, Spokesperson Jona Musheko said Namibia was making progress in creating self-sustenance in the production of seeds for important crops that are planted in the country.

“The Certified Seed System Improvement sub-component will be implemented in the ten (10) crop growing Regions namely: the Zambezi, Kunene (Northern Part), Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Oshana, and Omusati Regions. These Regions were selected for seed multiplication based on good rainfall patterns and favourable climatic conditions for seed multiplication,” Musheko said.

 Speaking after the visit, Dr. Walter Odhiambo, Chief Agriculture Officer, Regional Directorate General Southern Africa, said food production continues to be a vital cog in attaining development goals for Namibia.

 “We came to this region to appreciate the achievements of the NAMSIP project, in particular, the seed improvement aspect. After we have toured the facility (Omahenene Research Station), we are very happy with the successes achieved so far to improve Page 2 seed production. At the same time, we acknowledge few challenges experienced and we proposed solutions. “he said.

Omusati Region, Elginus Endjala highlighted the need for subsidized and quality horticultural seeds to cater to aspiring horticultural producers in the region.

He said the Namibia Agricultural Mechanization and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP) is a project implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR).

The Project is co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and supports the developmental objectives set out in Namibia’s High-level Plans and Strategies, which include Vision 2030, the  Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), Namibia’s Harambee Prosperity Plan I and II, the MAWLR’s Five-year Strategic Plan and the Growth at Home Strategy.

The seed production Project will be implemented over a period of five years from April 2018 to December 2022.

According to the Namibian government, the overall NAMSIP goal is to improve household food and nutrition security and contribute to poverty reduction. 

Tiri Masawi

is a Business Journalist and Editor for 14 years. He is currently working in Namibia and has written for several Namibian, Zimbabwean, and South African newspapers. He also works as a fixer for BBC in Namibia. He has a firm interest in reading as well as mentoring young journalists in the craft.

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