Popular Democratic Movement MP Vipuakuje Muharukua has called for 40 percent subsidy for communal crop farming to villages along the Omahenene water canal both in the Omusati and parts of Oshana regions to make them resilient against the harsh weather patterns the northern regions often face.
The MP is of the view that these villages have the ability to become food self-sustainable if production subsidies are granted and will improve their livelihoods of people in the affected areas.
The villages include Omahenene, Omakuwa, Omangolowani, Epalela, Omindamba, Ishanaputa, Okathakoushango, Olupako, Omuluukila, Outapi, Onambelela, Ombafi, Okeeke, Ongongo and Shitutuma, Oshipanda, Oshikuku, Onampila and Emo.
Speaking to Windhoek Observer Omusati Governor, Erginus Endjala, welcomed the motion, as it is in the interest of the region and its long overdue.
The governor said that the reality on the ground is that the horticulture plant in the Olushandja dam which relays was is becoming a concern as the level of water is very low.
Endjala pointed out that despite Namwater promising to supply the dam with more water, they have failed to live up to their promise.
Given the fact that other farms also utilize the same source of water, it is of great importance that other parts of the region start implementing alternatives.
Farmers in the region have been advocating for more initiatives, while also being cognizant of the
inflation rate which has affected the supply of fertiliser and seeds including market challenges.
One of the projects the governor is looking at is a tomato plant, which they are currently securing funds for and to workout modalities to uplift the burden on farmers who are producing tomatoes.
With the ever changing climate, the region is also seeking to venture into fish feed although it might not be ideal given the water scarcity in the region.
From next month the 14-15 October 2022, a conference will be held together with the Ongongo campus of Unam to look at scientific ways to develop adaptive ways of farming among others.
Endjala stated that horticulture must be the way to go, given the fruit production that has been neglected in the region and the country.