The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Land Reform (MAWLR) has received 11 4×4 double cab vehicles from the European Union to the value of N$6,355,000.
These are for the Livestock Support Programme (LSP) in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) of Namibia, funded by the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11) to the tune of 20 million Euro or N$360 million. The overall objective of the LSP is to promote entrepreneurship and enhance the livelihood of NCAs livestock farming communities in a sustainable way while improving the performance of the livestock value chain in the NCAs.
The programme further aims to improve the performance of the livestock value chain in the NCAs. Eight (8) regions in the NCAs will benefit from the Programme: Kunene (North of Veterinary Cordon Fence), Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, KavangEast and West and Zambezi. EU Ambassador, Sinikka Antila, announced this during the handover, remarking that this demonstrates the effective collaboration between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the EU.
“I am pleased to see the Livestock Support Programme gaining momentum and achieving some planned milestones. Today, we are handing over Eleven (11) vehicles, representing the first batch of Twenty-five (25) vehicles planned under this programme. I am informed that the remaining fourteen (14) vehicles including five (5) 30-ton trucks with trailers will be delivered in 2023,” she says.
Antila informs that the current batch will be used for ensuring animal health through effective disease surveillance, as part three of the programme, which aims to enhance the Implementation of Animal Disease Management and Eradication Strategies. She, therefore, hopes that all these vehicles will be fully utilised to develop and manage the livestock sector value chain; and will lead towards support to livelihoods and to the uplifting of many farmers in the NCAs. And equally, contribute to the Namibian economy. “Please take good care of this vehicle”, she says.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister, Calle Schlettwein, notes that the Livestock Support Programme is a key element in the EU– Namibia cooperation. Adding that “we are not only recipients through development aid in agriculture, but we are also tradingpartners in the commodities that agriculture is producing”.
He adds that the vehicles will assist the veterinary department to maintain the health status of livestock applauding the EU for complementing the government’s efforts towards improving the performance of the livestock value chain in the NCAs.
The current 11 vehicles were supplied by a local company, Pupkewitz Toyota. In the past, local companies did not participate in tender procedures of the EU, due to complexity. The EU is encouraging other Namibian companies to participate in similar tendering procedures. The Ministry has recently launched a tender procedure for four additional vehicles.