Ministry of Agriculture

Authorities warn of major flooding in the South

Authorities warn of major flooding in the South

Obrein Simasiku Authorities are cautioning the public of a possible flooding in the South part of the country due to the Orange river that is overflowing downstream. This is exacerbated by high rainfall experienced in South Africa and Lesotho, which prompted the nations to open the sluice of their dams, thus reeling thousands of cubic metres of water. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) has come out alerting the public, most especially those on the Lower Orange River, of possible high river flows and flooding which might cause prolonged inundation in the coming days. “MAWLR learned that…
Read More
Meat processing plant for Katima

Meat processing plant for Katima

Obrein Simasiku The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) has announced that it will be constructing a meat processing plant at Katima Mulilo, next to the existing Meatco abattoir. The project will cost N$35 million dollars and will be constructed on a five-hectare piece of land. "The construction of the Meat Processing Plant is among the major activities funded by the European Union (EU) through the Eleventh European Development Fund (EDF 11). Apart from the construction of the Katima Mulilo Meat Processing Plant, the funding also includes the construction of the Katima Mulilo quarantine facility and upgrading of…
Read More
Standing committee disappointed with Lands

Standing committee disappointed with Lands

Martin Endjala The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources has expressed dissatisfaction in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, for failing to extensively study the Affirmative Repositioning petition that calls for a regulation land ownership by foreigners at today’s public hearing at parliament. The standing committee officials, stressed that land issues are very sensitive and procrastination will lead to chaos, calling on the ministry it seriously and to thoroughly study the petition. The deputy chairperson of the committee Agnes Mpingana Kafula, week to study the petition to deliberate on the matter next week Tuesday at 12h00. “I am…
Read More
ReconAfrica in water license misunderstanding

ReconAfrica in water license misunderstanding

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri A misunderstanding from ReconAfrica, an oil and gas exploration company searching for oil in the Kavango basin, led to the company operating without a water permit, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) Deputy Executive Director (ED) Maria Amakali has revealed. “As such, there was a misunderstanding from their side that because they are operating in non-water control area, they did not need a permit.” This appears to be a contradiction to Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein’s revelation last month that the company had applied to drill boreholes, for both exploration and abstraction and purposes and that, thus…
Read More
The opportunities import restrictions offer to local poultry producers

The opportunities import restrictions offer to local poultry producers

Hanks Saisai The recent announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Land Reform’s Directorate of Veterinary Services to restrict the import of poultry products due to an outbreak of Fowl pox in South Africa, offer local producers a grace period to penetrate the market as the ban is for a period of 21 days (starting from 19th of April 2021 to 09 May 2021). Namibia’s poultry sector has several small-scale farmers that are focused on the production of broilers, eggs and indigenous chickens all aimed at providing Namibian households with a high value protein source. As poultry imports into…
Read More