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Namibia Crop Farming 'Needs A Review'

14 July 2014

NAMIBIA - A review of reports and evaluations dating back as far as the early nineties must be carried out for everyone to re-visit the drawing board on crop farming in the northern communal areas, says Richard Shikongo, NCAP Coordinator for CLUSA.

Mr Shikongo said this last week when he attended a two-day NCAP lead farmer training at Ongwediva Rural Development Centre, where he made it clear that communal farmers want to know why some of the good donor-funded projects that have been or are implemented in the country are not being continued and mainstreamed into relevant ministries or other government agencies, reports New Era.

Such questions need to be answered by all stakeholders, says Mr Shikongo.

Mr Shikongo is the USAID-funded Namibia Conservation Agriculture Project (NCAP) National Coordinator and CLUSA Country Representative.

“Crop farmers in the northern communal land areas hunger for extension services and information.”

This is the view of Shikongo, after listening to questions by a group of 39 farmers from Omusati and Ohangwena regions.

He noted that crop farmers need more support in terms of extension advisory services, field day events, meetings and training to strengthen their capacity in general field management that can lead to increased production for food security and surplus for the market.

Many farmers alluded to the fact they have become used to seeing extension staff only on occasions when the extension technicians sell subsidised seed and fertiliser, or during outbreaks of pests, and less so for training or general advisory visits.

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