Members of the Namibian National Farmers’ Union (NNFU) met on 9th of May 2017 to discuss transformation of the non-title deed agriculture (communal farming) in the country. The meeting was held in the district of Opuwo on the eve of NNFU’s Annual Congress. The meeting was graced by the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Namibia and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Development who signed a Euro 20 million cheque for the transformation of agriculture in the northern region of the country. The funding is primarily aimed at transforming the subsistence farming into pro table agriculture by providing farmers with adequate technical and financial support.
The meeting was attended by representatives of farmers from all 9 regions as well as other stakeholders including the Namibian Agronomic Board; Agribusiness Development; Communal Land Development Project representatives; Agro Marketing and Trade Agency; Ministry of Land Reform; Agricultural Bank of Namibia and Meat Cooperation of Namibia. SACAU was represented by its Capacity Development Advisor, Mr Benito Eliasi, who made a key note address on the “Transformation of the non-title deed agriculture to create wealth and prosperity.”
Mr Eliasi called on NNFU to ensure that the sector is responding to the current needs and aspirations of government, consumers and stakeholders and most importantly the farmers who are always on the receiving end.