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As we take forward our discussion on the above topic, it is important to note that all business forms have hiccups and would most probably fail and rise along the way. In the midst of the dry and arid environment of Namibia’s central north lies an oasis of greenery. The green vegetation, which has given a completely different look to the area, is that of Vaino Nursery. When people think about agriculture, they tend to think about farmers tending the fields and looking after crops or livestock. You may be thinking ‘I don’t want to be a farmer, so agriculture isn’t for me’, but think again. If agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like manufacturing. Fortunately, that is already beginning to happen. Agriculture is one of Namibia’s most important sectors. Agriculture remains the single largest source of income and livelihoods for rural households in the developing world, normally providing more than 50% of household income. An environment initiative, aimed at turning Namibia into a green economy – step-by-step – has been pioneering efforts with youth groups across the country. For someone who is just getting started in building their wealth, the sheer variety of investment opportunities can be intimidating. All roads will lead to Rehoboth this weekend for the annual Rehoboth Community Trust expo. The event brings together renowned livestock breeders of both small and large stock for a classic showcase. Namibia has banned the import and movement of live poultry, birds and poultry products from South Africa following the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu. When it comes to choosing careers, many young people in the developing world tend to shy away from agriculture. TWENTY-TWO year old Paulus Nakapata is a man on a mission. As a novice pig farmer, he has a long way to go in ensuring his business stands the test of time. However, if his motivation and drive is anything to go by, it is only a matter of time before he runs with the ‘herd’ of those successful in the trade. When talking about farming, it is important to mention that farmers are often faced with a lack of time. Striving to manage all farm activities timeously in order to ensure the best possible outcome means there is not much time left for planning and, in the end, analysing the complete crop production. The agriculture ministry has completed testing for new cowpea varieties, and is in the process of naming them. This was revealed in the ministry’s technical paper released last week, Community gardens have become a model of sustainable small-scale agriculture in the country, and have shown many benefits. Subsistence farming may be defined as the method of farming by which the production of crops or the rearing of animals, is mainly to feed the farmer and his immediate family. The primary aim is not to sell the produce for income. However, sometimes, some of the little surpluses are sold to take care of some basic financial needs of the family. Farmers in the drought-prone Omaheke region are keeping their cards much closer to their chests, as they prepare for a possible hard dry season. The good rains received across the country during the recent rainy season could have a doubling effect of rain-fed crop production, the latest market watch report by the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (AgriBank) indicated. As the effects of climate change take course on farming, the farmer is left with difficult choices to make and does not have much time. Despite the obvious effects of climate change such as prolonged droughts, pests and diseases also seem to take advantage of the drastic changes in weather patterns. Recovering from drought is a challenging period and decision-making during this time requires strategic management decisions to ensure you are in the best position to return to a positive cash flow and profitable operation as quickly as possible. Many people, especially novice farmers and others interested in agriculture, have been pondering one question; is farming profitable? Well, the short answer is ‹yes›. But it is not a given. You have to sweat for it.