Namibia’s Minister of Agriculture Alpheus Naruseb said on Tuesday he was confident that the country would be able to rebuild its agriculture sector after the drought.
Naruseb was speaking at the official opening of the agricultural outlook conference currently taking place in Windhoek.
He said in order to rebuild, the country needed to ‘henceforth practise smart agriculture’.
“I believe with all sincerity that with the capabilities of our farmers, government, private sector and donors that we have in the sector we will rebuild our agriculture sector in no time and become a dynamic economy capable of generating the needed employment opportunities,” Naruseb said.
He added that there was a need for farmers to start practising smart agriculture.
“It is my call that we farm with crops that are drought resistant, incorporate and adapt climate smart agriculture in our farming activities and planning.
“It is time to think differently, but yet smart because business as usual is a foregone approach. There is no reason why we cannot have a climate smart and sustainable agricultural sector capable of competing with other advanced nations,” he said.
The agriculture outlook conference is a two day event where farmers will discuss the future of the country’s farming sector. Enditem