Namibia’s Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday launched a capacity building strategy for resettlement and Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS) farmers which will see an increase in production in the agriculture sector thereby improving food security in the country.
Through the strategy, farmers will receive equipment and managerial skills meant to compliment the activities that are currently being carried out to support the resettled farmers.
Speaking at the launch of the strategy, the country’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Anna Shigwedha said that the capacity building strategy is geared towards helping farmers realize their envisaged goal of improved livelihood.
Furthermore, the strategy aims to provide targeted intervention to resettlement as well as provide a rare opportunity to all stakeholders to deliver coordinated activities to the farmers.
Currently the lack of farming capacity of farm beneficiaries is hampering any efforts by the farmers to make a living through farming.
The resettlement scheme is an initiative that was established after independence to address the imbalance that existed where most of the land was owned by white farmers.
In light of that, government resettled Namibians under the Group Resettlement Scheme (GRS) and the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS).
To date 5231 families have been resettled through the GRS while an estimated 330 farms still need to be purchased to resettle around 1 500 families.
In addition, the AALS has enabled 700 farmers to acquire 4.5 million hectares while 2.5 million hectares have been acquired by previously disadvantaged Namibians on a commercial basis. Enditem