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New Era Newspaper Monday January 8, 2018

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4 NEWS Monday, January 8 2018 | NEW ERA Body of boy who drowned at Henties washed ashore HENTIES BAY The body of the 10-year-old boy who drowned at Henties Bay on Wednesday washed ashore on Saturday. The Namibian Police Force’s Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab told Nampa that Lee-Wayne Delwin Nanubeb’s mother identi- WINDHOEK The asparagus agro-processing project and solar farm in the Omusati Region are regarded as highlights for 2017 by the regional governor Erginus Endjala. The asparagus project is a 10-year partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and Spanish company, Industrias Alimentarias de Navarra (IAN), signed in October 2017. “As we speak, planting has already started and 30 hectares of land are covered with crops,” Endjala said. The project covers a 60-hectare piece of land on the Etunda irrigation scheme. “We will also set up a factory so that we can export asparagus and this will create jobs for at least 400 people,” said the Omusati governor. Earlier at the signing ceremony, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa said the project is aimed at generating much-needed foreign “The body was washed ashore, approximately 12 kilometres north of Henties Bay,” Gurirab said on Sunday. Nanubeb’s body was discovered by a member of the public, who informed the search team that had been searching for the body since he drowned. currency for the country. Endjala further told Nampa that the completion of main construction works of the solar farm project underway in Outapi, was another 2017 highlight. Construction of the solar farm project started in 2015. “We expect to be connected to the national power grid by February this year,” he added. Endjala however told Nampa it was not all success in Omusati as water shortages continued to pose a threat to some of the communities. “We planned to set up water catchment systems to provide water during the dry season, but due to the budget cuts, this did not happen,” he said. He added that the national budget cuts were also a lesson learned and that his region would rededicate itself and put more effort in rendering good services. – Nampa The deceased and four other boys aged six, eight and nine were swept out to sea while they were swimming. Two of the boys, one of them the six-year-old, were rescued by the 14-year-old Dylan Davey !Gaoseb. Two of the other boys managed to make it to shore by RUNDU Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo has said the late Rosa Kunyanda Kavara’s experience and dedication will be missed. Kavara, who was a member of the National Council and councillor of Ncuncuni Constituency in the Kavango West Region, died in Windhoek on Tuesday after she had a stroke. Mbambo said in an interview with Nampa on Thursday that the late politician’s experience and dedication will not only be missed by the Kavango West and Kavango East regions, but themselves. Gurirab said the six-year-old was released from the Swakopmund State Hospital on Thursday. Paramedics told the police he was not breathing when they reached the scene, but they managed to resuscitate him and rushed him to hospital. - Nampa Omusati asparagus project and solar farm are 2017 highlights Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala Kavara’s experience and dedication will be missed: Mbambo The late Rosa Kunyanda Kavara by the entire Namibia. “It is not only a loss for her region but for the entire Namibia, as she was a member of the National Council. We have lost someone who could have contributed a lot to our region and the country at large,” he said. Kavara was born on 22 February 1958. She is survived by her mother, one son, four daughters and grandchildren. Her family has indicated that she will be buried on 13 January, although they were yet to say where she would be laid to rest. – Nampa Omusati struggling with lack of water WINDHOEK The Omusati Region is one of the northern regions heavily affected by the disruption of water supply from the Calueque scheme, the main source of water to the north-central parts of the country. Repair works on two leaking pumping lines at the dam launched by NamWater a few weeks ago are also set to take longer than anticipated. In a telephone interview with Nampa on Friday, Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala said the disruption has led to smallscale farmers abandoning their agricultural activities due to the water shortage. “There was no water provision made for farmers while the repair works are underway,” he said. He added that although Nam- Water promised to fast-track the repairs, it would still take about a month to complete. Endjala said this was a huge setback for the region as the situation badly impacted crop production. “Our region depends on agricultural production. We have set up vegetable and crop production schemes that employ a lot of youth in the region.” According to Endjala, the region has about 70 small-scale farmers who solely depend on the Calueque scheme for water. He also expressed concern that water supply from the Olundjandja dam, which is currently pumping water into the canal as an emergency measure, was not “We have been saying the Olundjandja dam is in need of rehabilitation and at the moment it is almost empty, we are running dry,” Endjala said. NamWater spokesman John Shigwedha on Friday told this pumping line started on 16 December last year and are still underway. “Currently the work on the week of repair, with major work on it having been completed already and it is envisaged that in two weeks’ time, this line will be completed,” he said. This means that work on two weeks, as earlier announced by NamWater. Work on the second line will also only commence once line is completed, Shigwedha He said NamWater was looking at options that would ensure the quickest restoration of normal water supply to northern Namibia. - Nampa

Monday, January 8 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Governor of Kunene Region, Marius Sheya Kunene governor OPUWO Hundreds of people attended the welcoming ceremony of newly appointed Governor of Kunene, Marius Sheya, held in the region’s capital Opuwo on Friday. The occasion was attended by the six regional councillors, four mayors of the region’s major towns, traditional leaders, church leaders, youth, elders and residents of Kunene. Kunene Regional Council Chairperson Julius Kaujova welcomed the new governor and thanked President Hage Geingob for according the region “a young, vibrant, dedicated, visionary and diligent leader”. He said Sheya would lead Kunene towards attaining its vision of becoming a fast developing region by the year 2022. “The regional council will give Sheya the necessary support and cooperation to pull in one direction, coupled with principles of good governance, accountability, transparency and inclusivity as advocated by the presidency,” said Kaujova. Sheya, on his part, said he was ready to face the challenges of the region over the two years assigned to him by Geingob, with the support of his two veteran special advisors, Katuutire Kaura and John // Khamuseb. “I am here to work and develop, Sheya said. The former mayor of Outjo urged the regional leaders, traditional leaders, elders, youth and larger community to avoid political division and tribalism within the region and to work hard collectively for development. Taking the podium, Kaura congratulated the governor on his appointment and pledged a good working relationship. “Age is just a number, let us support our youthful leader,” said Kaura. The 29-year-old new Kunene governor was appointed by Geingob on 15 December 2017, replacing Angelika Muharukua, who died on 1 October 2017 of a suspected heart attack. – Nampa SWAKOPMUND Three more people were slapped illegally at Long Beach, between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, over the festive season. These are in addition to a man 2017 at Mile 8 north of Swakopmund. The two areas form part of the Dorob National Park. Visitors without a permit to overnight are expected to vacate the park by 21h00. Park warden Jeremia Lamek, from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, on Sunday December and 2 January. They are expected to appear in court between 2 and 19 February to plea to the charges and pay the A warrant of arrest will be issued should they fail to show up at court on the dates assigned to them. people have been violating park rules for the past two years. “Those who stayed over at Long Beach on New Year’s Eve With regard to littering, he said rubbish was left strewn all over but his team of volunteers managed to clean up all the beaches and camping sites. He said at Mile 4, visitors left broken bottles on the beach and someone set a garbage bin on Nampa for farmers WINDHOEK Capacity building for resettlement farmers is fragmented between different institutions and there is no comprehensive programme to ensure that they are properly trained, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has said. According to its Capacity Building Strategy for Resettlement Farmers for 2017 to 2022, existing institutions, extension staff and mentors that offer farmer training do not provide the required quantity and quality of training. The agriculture ministry introduced the strategy, contained in a document launched late last year, to build the required skills for resettlement farmers in a more coordinated fashion, vowing to work with relevant ministries and stakeholders to harmonise such efforts. The strategy will focus on building the skills of Namibian farmers tive Loan Scheme and the National Resettlement Programme. It was necessitated by the fact that most commercial farms on which resettlement farmers were resettled have turned into white elephants as those that have been resettled lack the capacity and skills to run these farms productively and sustainably, the document states. “Commercial farms that are currently being used for resettlement purposes are very important to maintain agricultural production and contributions towards the gross domestic product, hence drastic measures are needed to improve productivity on resettlement farms,” the ministry’s permanent secretary, Percy Misika, is quoted as saying in the document. At present, the ministry has two directorates that have a major training component for farmers. These are the Directorate of Agriculture Production, Extension and Engineering Services (DAPEES) and Directorate of Agriculture Research and Development (DARD). DAPEES’s core function is to provide agriculture extension services. “There is supposed to be an extension worker in each constituency, but some posts are vacant and the ratio of farmers to extension worker is very high, estimated to be more than 2,000 farmers to one [extension worker],” reads the document. According to recommendations by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, an extension worker is supposed to work with only 500 farmers. DARD on the other hand has training centres around the country and trains farmers and farm workers. There are two main agriculture training centres, one being the Tsumis Arid Zone Agriculture Centre in the Hardap Region. It offers training in crop and livestock production and water infrastructure. The other is the Mashare Agriculture Development Institute in Kavango East. It provides training in various subjects and graduates are considered for inclusion in green scheme programmes. In addition, there are 14 livestock research stations. These stations carry out research on large and small stock; rangeland management; fodder production; dairy production and breeding. Training is also provided through the Farmer Support Project; Communal Lands Development Project; AGRA ProVision; vocational training centres; private agriculture colleges; University of Namibia; Namibia University of Science and Technology; Agro Marketing and Trade Agency and the Meat Corporation of Namibia. Farmers’ unions and nongovernmental organisations provide farmer training as well. – Nampa

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