Omaheke farmers should focus on profit

28 July 2019 | Agriculture

The Governor of the Omaheke region, Festus Ueitele, called on farmers in the region to venture into value addition to maximise their profits.

He made this call at a recent Farmers Information Day which was organised by the Agri-Advisory Services in Gobabis.

“When are we going to venture into dairy products, agro processing and retail and by so doing enjoy our locally produced products from our own region?” he asked.

Ueitele also urged farmers to focus on sustainable, resource efficient and effective farming methods and to diversify the income streams in the face of the current ever changing climatic environment. “We must reduce the overall dependence on livestock farming and supplement it with charcoal and wood production. We must make more intelligent use of our soil and manage our environment more sustainably.”

Ueitele reiterated that joint efforts are needed to ensure food security in the region and the country at large.

On his part, Agribank’s Executive for Marketing and Customer Strategy, Regan Mwazi, urged farmers to develop sustainable solutions that will assist mitigating the impact of current and future drought occurrences.

“Treasury allocations will not be enough to cater for disasters that have become very common. Let us think of long term solutions and propose such to the government in order to assist farmers during difficult times.”

He said that the bank introduced Drought Relief Interventions in the form of installment and arrears payment relief as well as new loans, to help mitigate the impact of drought on farmers. He assured the farmers that the bank is ready with a clear business strategy and competent staff to play its part in ensuring the development and promotion of the agricultural sector even in hard times.

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