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Posts by Otniel Hembapu:
Hundreds of local commercial livestock producers are in trouble with the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) for failing to honour their output VAT on time, while others just did not pay up. Namibian export approved abattoirs now have a golden opportunity to make inroads into the lucrative Middle East market. Over 46% of wheat producers in the Kunene and Erongo regions have no access to formal markets where they can trade and market their products, which has left them with no choice but to sell their produce for literally peanuts. It will be nothing but top genetics, exceptional temperament, and supreme quality on display at today’s Uhuru Production Auction at the Agra/Bank Windhoek Ring in Windhoek, which will see topmost Bonsmara, Brahman and Simbra bulls and females all going under the hammer. The 2022/23 production and trade statistics from the Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) show that the total domestic demand for wheat grain in Namibia stands at 144, 939 tonnes per annum, which translates into an average domestic demand of 12,078 tonnes per month. The continued formalisation of informal settlements, electrification of streets and houses as well as improving the general living standards of the town’s inhabitants are some of the top priorities for new Okakarara mayor Samuelline Ngairo. Chinese, French, Indian and Egyptian companies have joined the race for the construction of the mega Trans-Kalahari railway project, which will see the eventual successful bidder undertaking the project on a design, build, finance, operate, maintain and transfer contract basis. The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB)’s regulatory work and continued strategic guidance to local farmers were recently further bolstered when the board was honoured and presented with the ISO 9001:2015 Standards and Global G.A.P certification. President Hage Geingob yesterday underscored the growing importance of a well-equipped and combat-ready Namibian Defence Force (NDF), which he said is important to the continued preservation of the country’s territorial integrity and national interests. The Namibian small livestock sector recorded positive growth during the third quarter of 2023, which saw sheep and goat meat industries posting favourable quarterly marketing figures in comparison to the third quarter of 2022. Small-scale young farmers, especially those in deep rural areas, will be some of the biggest beneficiaries of Agribank and Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) Development Bank’s N$400 million concessional loan agreement. Namibia is looking to cut down on the growing import bill of vegetable oils, especially for the most commonly-consumed oils such as sunflower oil, palm oil, soybean oil, olive oil and canola oil. Meatco, the country’s largest meat processing and marketing entity, has set plans in motion to revive and turn its Okahandja factory into a fully-fledged value-addition hub, intending to increase efficiencies and produce more value-added products and ready-to-eat goods. Before I get on with the first installment of Farmer’s Kraal for 2024, let me take this opportunity to wholeheartedly wish all our esteemed readers a prosperous and blessed new year; one which I hope will be filled with abundant rain and greenery. Government, through the ministry of agriculture and with funding from the Namibia Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP), has delivered a total of 24 new tractors to the Omaheke region. Irish firebrand politician and member of the European parliament, Michael Wallace has thrown his weight behind President Hage Geingob’s stern call for Germany to rethink its decision to support Israel in the genocide case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) brought by South Africa. Namibia has welcomed the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s ruling that Israel must immediately take steps to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza, but international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is disappointed that the court failed to order a total ceasefire in its ruling. Following a detailed building inspection by the regional education directorate of Otjozondjupa, over seven classrooms of the Okakarara Primary School were declared unsafe and uninhabitable for learners and teachers. The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) took a collective decision to do away with the party’s tradition of holding electivecongresses during a national election year. The Omaheke Regional Council has earmarked N$700 000 towards the speedy electrification of streets, a children’s sanctuary, and water supply to a major garden project at Drimiopsis.