Agriculture (198)

Namibia's ongoing land reform process, aimed at addressing historical inequalities in land ownership, lacks comprehensive data on the outcomes and outputs of the resettlement farms, a think tank has said.

Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) says it has facilitated financing of over 10 million hectares of land, primarily to previous registered landowners in Namibia.

Women in farming are set to explore the impact that technology and innovation can have on the agricultural sector at this year's Women in Agriculture Summit. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism says the country has already witnessed a staggering 499,344 hectares of land consumed by uncontrolled fires since the beginning of this year's fire season in April.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has appointed a new ten-member board for the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB).

The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) recorded a N$118-million loss for the period 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2023, with auditors Grand Namibia warning that the company’s ability to continue operating as a going concern will depend on continuous government support.

The Meat Board of Namibia has been renamed to Livestock and Livestock Products  Namibia Board following the amendment of the Meat Industry Act of 1981. In the same vein, dairy and poultry will be regulated under the new Act.

For the first time since September 2019, export-approved abattoirs recorded the highest combined slaughter of 10,743 animals, during the month of May 2023.

As the cold winter months approach, poultry farmers must prepare to prevent and treat poultry diseases. According to observations, most communal farmers engaged in free-range chicken production systems are prone to face bird mortalities due to diseases during the winter season.

The official opposition party in Parliament has expressed concern over the current status of the N$141-million Uvhungu Vungu dairy farm in the Kavango East Region, calling for the urgent need for its operationalisation.

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