Agriculture

Namibia eyes to penetrate US market

Namibia eyes to penetrate US market

Obrein Simasiku Namibia is working towards penetrating the United States (US) market by improving and expanding its export trade with America. Last year Namibia exported goods worth US$72,839 million, mainly diamonds, building stones, beef and flours among others. In the same vein, Namibia imported goods valued at US$168,966 million consisting mainly of meat and edible offal of fowls, pneumatic tyres and rubbers, and chemical products among others. This was revealed by the Minister of Industrialisation and Trade (MIT) Lucia Iipumbu, at the opening of a multi-sectoral business seminar attended hosted in conjunction with the Namibia Embassy in Washington DC. The…
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5000 cattle infected with FMD, 150 dead in Zambezi

5000 cattle infected with FMD, 150 dead in Zambezi

Eba Kandovazu A TOTAL 5000 cattle have been infected by the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the Zambezi region, since its detection in May this year. A total 150 cattle have died as a result, Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Minister, Calle Schlettwein, has announced. Schlettwein says this is despite the higher vaccination coverage in the infected herds, adding that infection rates remained high among the vaccinated cattle, which is an indication of the presence of a different FMD virus variant, which was confirmed to be a new FMD virus serotype O in August, the first time in the…
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Agriculture and the ecosystems

Agriculture and the ecosystems

Erastus Ngaruka Agriculture is concerned with rearing animals and the cultivation of crops whilst an ecosystem simply refers to a community of living organisms such as plants and animals together with the non-living components such as the air and soils, interacting with each other in their environment. The functions of this natural co-existence or ecosystem include the provision of essential services such as habitat, food, water, nutrient cycling, as well as cultural and recreational benefits to the land users. The ecosystem functioning is influenced by biodiversity, and this is managed by natural processes that maintain species abundance and distribution, and…
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National silos empty

National silos empty

Andrew Kathindi Agriculture, water and land reform executive director Percy Misika has revealed that the country’s food security has been compromised as national silos are empty. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed government’s preparedness for emergencies as there is currently insufficient food supply stored in the nation’s grain reserves. “The silos are empty but all is not lost because from our assessment from the current cropping season we are expecting 64,000 tons of white maize and 1,800 tons of pale millet. This would be over and above what is necessary for sustaining Namibian households for food security and which can be…
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