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14 Inside BUSINESS Tuesday, April 24 2018 | NEW ERA Standard Bank’s appetite for mining remains strong Staff Reporter Windhoek As the 2018 Mining Expo kicks off this week, Standard Bank has renewed its commitment to support and partner with the local mining industry. This year the expo is being held under the theme “Maximising the multiplier effect from Namibia’s mining sector”, which aligns with the Bank’s goals to frame its products to ensure that the country has more bankable projects that can take the country to new economic heights. “As a global leader in commodity- Bank understands that mining companies require considerable scale mining projects. As such we are projects,” Standard Bank’s Head of said in light of the Mining Expo and Conference this week. He explained that the Bank’s and infrastructure, mining and metals, oil and gas, and other key sectors and as the world looks to emerging markets to power growth, Namibia is taking its rightful place at the heart of this. growth opportunities for the country, despite a downturn in the global mining industry. Mining prospects look bright for Namibia as the country is currently the world’s fourth largest producer of uranium through the commencement of the Husab mine production. “One of the recent highlights at (PV) solar plant which is scheduled to commence operations in September Adri Spangenberg 2018. Standard Bank partnered with Proparco, a subsidiary of Agence US million for the PV solar plant. million, the plant will be the largest in sub-Saharan Africa,” Spangenberg pointed out. The plant which will be situated at Mariental will contribute 3% to the country’s energy needs and reduce the country’s energy dependency from the southern African pool by 5%. Alten Africa is constructing the 45MW plant and has a 51% which NamPower has 19%, while The Bank also co-financed Debmarine Namibia’s latest sampling Spangenberg, this funding facility amounted to approximately N.8 billion. “Although cautious, our appetite for mining projects is quite strong. Standard Bank has a rich pedigree in the mining industry and is well- in Africa,” Spangenberg stressed. He reiterated that the Bank is opportunities in Namibia’s mining and has a strong capability in power and infrastructure and draws on experienced sector teams to ensure that they meet the needs of all their clients across all key sectors. “Because of our history as a mining bank and our enduring expertise in this sector, we work to understand and financial clients in multiple sectors and geographies. Unlike most, and breadth of footprint. Our track record shows our success in building businesses across Namibia, especially in the natural resources, mining, power and infrastructure sectors,” he concluded. The 2018 Mining Expo hosted by the Chamber of Mines will take place on April 25 and 26 at the Windhoek Show Grounds. JOIN NAMIBIA’S PREMIER TERTIARY INSTITUTION VACANCIES MAIN CAMPUS FACULTY OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTING Lecturer FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES SCHOOL OF NURSING Clinical Instructor FACULTY OF SCIENCE CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry CASA BLANCA HOTEL Hotel Manager HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA CAMPUS FACULTY OF EDUCATION MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND SPORT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Lecturer (Biology) Tutor (Mathematics) NEUDAMM CAMPUS Campus Administrator PRODUCTION ANIMAL CLINICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT Lecturer: Production Animal Clinical Studies Veterinary Clinician BIOMEDICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT Technologist (Veterinary Physiology/ Veterinary Biochemistry) PATHOBIOLOGY DEPARTMENT Veterinary Parasitology Technologist Senior Lecturer/Lecturer: Veterinary Infectious Diseases COMPUTER CENTRE System Analyst / Programmer OGONGO CAMPUS FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ANIMAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Lecturer FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE COMPANION ANIMAL CLINICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT Associate Prof/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer: Surgery Senior Lecturer/Lecturer: Veterinary Anaesthesiology Lecturer: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging ENG. JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS CAMPUS FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer Closing date for all applications: Thursday, 11 May 2018 Kindly visit: www.unam.na/vacancies for detailed information and to apply for these vacancies. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Should you experience any difficulties with registering, please contact; Tel: 061 206 3101 www.unam.edu.na

Tuesday, April 24 2018| NEW ERA FARMERS FORUM 15 Late rains good, bad news for crop farmers Staff Reporter Windhoek The current good rains have come too late for most communal farmers in the northern cropfarming areas but most disappointed are farmers in the Kunene Region who have lost seeds due to too much water. Crop production expert, Venaune Hepute, was quoted as saying too much water during late rainy seasons, such as what the country has been experiencing lately, negatively affects crop farmers. The situation is a bitter blow for the crop farmers, as they have not been planting for the past seven to eight years due to the devastating drought, Hepute says. They are guaranteed losses after heavy rains washed away seeds. In the Omusati Region and environs, the situation looks better with planted white maize now in full seed and blossoming in some areas due to the late rains. Many of them waited till the last moment to plant and in Kunene, many disappointed farmers now pin their hopes on seeds they have planted at the last minute to bear fruit or vegetables. The seeds planted earlier have been suffocated by water, translating into a loss for them. One such producer is cattle farmer Nikita Mukuaruuze, who engages in small-scale crop production in Kunene and has lost all the seeds he planted earlier because of the recent rains. Treasurer-general of the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), Amon Kapi, echoes Mukuaruuze and Hepute’s sentiments that farmers who planted earlier lost everything to the rain. Hepute urges weather forecast services in Namibia to give early warnings to the entire country, including farmers, to avoid losses. “Weather forecasting and predictions must be revealed to local farmers at an early stage to allow them to plan properly,” he suggests. Farmers should also be made aware in advance of when it will rain, for how long it will rain, and how much rain would be received, says Hepute, adding that this will help farmers to plant accordingly, and they will know what crops to plant surviving the rainy season. “Farmers’ unions should also equip farmers with knowledge on what crops to plant during which rainy season,” he adds. A season such as the recent one, which Hepute describes as short, will be good for farmers to plant cowpeas, which can adapt easily to the weather. Meanwhile, livestock, and crop and vegetable farmers in the Otjiwarongo district are thrilled with the good rainfalls received recently. More than 100 millimetres were recorded in March, and since then rain gauges had to be constantly emptied, as the rains kept pouring. This January and February only 27 mm and 59 mm was recorded in the Otjiwarongo district, compared to more than 100 mm in March alone, and some 55 mm so far in April. Goat and cattle farmer, Ludwig Tjirare, and many others in the district, reported weight gains in livestock in March alone as grass shot up to above knee level in some areas of the Otjozondjupa rangelands. Farmers in this cattlerich region are now very optimistic that their animals will not only survive, but will reach their full mass potential. These producers own some of the country’s best cattle and they all have been very worried since late 2017 when the rainy season got off to a very bad, and the rains stayed away until February. Crop farmers are also elated about the late rains. Crop and vegetable farmer at the Morosi, said he is excited about the rains received in the area so far, especially after the drought experienced in 2013, 2014 and 2015. for his maize crop, sweet to grow well and fig trees to bear fruit during the past three years, he noted. Now he expects a bumper harvest at the end of April. Owner of the TW Tulongeni Fruit ner Hamukwaya, says the rainfall has restored hope for a good harvest ange trees and a variety of vegetables. African food security prize launched JOHANNESBURG Feed the Future, supported by Land O’Lakes International Development and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, has opened its call for applications for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize. The prize offers to fund up to N million (US0,000) in digital solutions that aim to help stop the spread of fall armyworm in Africa – a pest that is devastating agriculture and demolishing billions of dollars’ worth of crops across the continent. Beef for China must come from animals from disease-free areas Staff Reporter Windhoek To qualify for export to China, Namibian beef must be from animals born and raised in diseasefree zones and have been at least 60 days on the farm of origin prior to transportation to the approved abattoir. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has informed all Namibian beef producers about the new requirements to participate in the export of beef to China through approved export abattoirs. This comes after inhibitive clause on lumpy skin disease (LSD), which has prevented Namibia from exporting beef to that country. China approved the export of Namibian beef to that country last month with a few additional conditions. According to circular NoV10/2018, issued by the Milton Maseke, farmers are expected to obtain a 60-day residency statement at the farm of origin from state moving the animals and the ear tag numbers of animals being transported for slaughter should be clearly marked on the statement. Hence, no cattle coming directly from auctions or permit sales will be permitted for export to China. Cattle qualifying for export to China must originate from a farm with no clinical signs of lumpy skin disease for the past 18 months and the animals have not been vaccinated against LSD at least 60 days prior to the slaughter. Cattle should also not have been vaccinated against anthrax 14 days prior to slaughter or come from a farm which had cat bluetongue, Aujesky’s disease, Selected digital solutions will strengthen resilience against fall armyworm and mitigate risks to food security across the continent. Fall armyworm attacks over 80 different plant species. Agriculture experts estimate the pest could cause between N and N billion (US.4 and US.2 billion) in losses for maize, a major staple crop in Africa on which more than 200 million people depend. Crops like sorghum, rice, and sugarcane are also at risk. Unchecked, fall armyworm is a threat to the livelihoods of farmers and Q-fever, tuberculosis, anthrax, Bovine Viral Diarrhoea and Bruccolis detected during the past 12 months. No other cattle should have been introduced to the farm of origin from other zones or countries for the past 12 months and cattle should not have been fed with meal-andbone meal or greaves derived from ruminants. Vehicles on which the cattle travel from farm of origin must be cleaned and disinfected before loading. A signed declaration attesting that the farmer has observed the requirements for vaccination must be attached to the animal health movement permit. The abattoirs registered to export beef to China should use the functionalities on the Namlits traceability system, to food security across the continent. How the prizes will be awarded: N.7m (US0,000) will be awarded to the most viable solution N2,000 (US,000) for the most promising solutions of about N0,000 (US,000) for early stage developments that show potential Applications may involve a range of digital solutions and must demonstrate how and the signed declaration forms by the producer to verify compliance of the animals before presenting them to the state veterinarian for inspection. All declaration forms with the endorsed livestock movement permit should be returned to the state These new requirements mean that all producers will not only qualify but the ministry’s aim is to start trading and then negotiate conditions so that more people can participate. After the agreement signed by the two countries in 2016, Namibia was expected to start exporting bone-in beef to China, making it the only country in Africa to export beef to that country. Under the signed agreement, the proposed tool(s) will help smallholder farmers and those that reach them, such as extension agents, monitor, identify, treat or report the incidence of fall armyworm. The application deadline is May 14, 2018, via https:// fallarmywormtech.challenges.org/. The prize welcomes entries from around to the context of fall armyworm in Africa. Final prize awards will be announced later this year. – Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Nesta Meat of the matter… Aloisia Nuuyoma and Bertha Ntjamba from Windhoek giving cuts of pure Namibian beef a thumbs-up. Namibian beef can now be exported to China after Photo: Contributed beef exports must come from areas south of the veterinary cordon fence that are free of disease, including the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (lung sickness), LSD and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease. Furthermore, the two parties also agreed that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry shall be responsible for the inspection and quarantine of beef to be exported and the issuing of Currently, Namibia exports 17,000 metric tons of meat products to South Africa per annum, about 10,000 metric tons to the European Union, and about 1,850 metric tons to Norwegian markets.

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